Book Review: We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Eva Katchadourian never wanted a baby. She is the powerhouse career woman who has it all – a healthy and happy marriage, a career that she loves and lots of money. Eva has the perfect life and at one point she even says, “Well, maybe we’re too happy.” Perhaps in saying it out loud, she jinxes her own happiness. Eva talks about having kids in vague conversations with her husband, Franklin. The one element lacking in their lives is the absence of their own children. Franklin badly wants kids. Eva merely sees it as “another turn of the page” in their already-happy life. For Eva, having children would provide her the answer to an existential crisis, forged by their perfect life leading towards n

Save Me

[Content warnings for abuse, torture, and blood.] Darkness. Silence. I never thought that I would crave these again. My head pounds and my vision tilts like I'm on a seesaw. Someone reaches a hand towards me, and tries to take my champagne flute from me, but I pull away and break free. Oh, how I wish I could break free of all this. All the glitter, the bright lights, the parties. All the jargon, the expectations, the constricting suits. All the fake smiles, the greedy eyes, the talon-like nails. Another lipstick-stained face lingers by my side, hands clasped on my arm and her lips on my neck. My neck, aching from the weight suddenly placed on my shoulders. My mind, blurring the past with the

We acknowledge the past, present and emerging traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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