More Talk About KEVIN

After the initial excitement over Wednesday night’s screening at the Cannes Film Festival of We Need to Talk about Kevin, adapted form the book by Lionel Shriver, talk has begun to turn to the film’s commercial potential. The Hollywood Reporter predicts that it will have a “a distinguished ride along the festival circuit with acquisitions coming in many territories, all of which will be tough sells theatrically,” because, “It’s a film to think about and debate over but not one to embrace.”

Whatever the commercial success of the movie, it’s likely to bring a significant number of readers to the book; we’re already seeing holds developing in libraries. Shriver’s audience has room to grow. Last year, the online book site The Millions declared her America’s Best Writer (although she now lives in London, she grew up in North Carolina), saying, “In many countries, she is now regarded as one of our most important novelists. Americans, however, have been slower to find her.” For those who haven’t discovered her yet, The Millions article is a good place to start.

For more about the movie, The Guardian offers a video review, that incorporates clips from the film as well as reactions from Cannes viewers.

We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.)
Lionel Shriver
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial – (2006-07-03)
ISBN / EAN: 9780061124297 / 9780061124297

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