Slide 8: Eva (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Many women enter into parenthood with trepidation, but most, after having glimpsed their blessed infant, melt with maternal love. But in Lionel Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, the mother Eva feels no connection with her son. Year after year, she hopes to feel some emotions for him, but her son remains a stranger, an enigma, and then becomes a monster. But it's Eva, rather than Kevin, most readers have found so shocking. Shriver believes her novel has "attracted an audience because my narrator, Eva, allows herself to say all those things that mothers are not supposed to say. She experiences pregnancy as an invasion… Eva finds caring for a toddler dull, and is less than entranced by drilling the unnervingly affectless, obstreperous boy with the ABC song. Worst of all, Eva detects in Kevin a malign streak that moves her to dislike him."