London: Serpent's Tail, 2005
8vo, first English edition ("10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on imprint page), original pictorial wrappers, minor crease to lower wrapper
Written as a series of letters from a wife to her husband, the plot concerns their son’s massacre of some schoolmates with a bow and arrow. Often described as a novel about a mother and child who have failed to bond, there is something of the horror story at the heart of it.
Winner of the 2005 Orange Prize. The 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller was adapted and directed by Lynne Ramsay.
Annotated on 42 pages. Approximately 1,055 words.