Books by Lionel Shriver

PROPERTY by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Few writers are so committed to using fiction to explore the intimate impact of formal regulations and informal social engineering, but it remains a hit-and-miss project."
A dozen stories about homeownership, cohabitation, and other domestic perils, suffused to various degrees with Shriver's (The Mandibles, 2016, etc.) political concerns. Read full book review >
THE MANDIBLES by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An imperfect but savvy commingling of apocalyptic and polemic."
Shriver, nobody's idea of an optimist about the present day, delivers a dire vision of near-future America. Read full book review >
BIG BROTHER by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"A masterful, page-turning study of complex relationships among our bodies, our minds and our families."
A woman is at a loss to control her morbidly obese brother in the latest feat of unflinching social observation from Shriver (The New Republic, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2010

"An overly schematic but powerful study of both marriage and medical care."
The American health-care system decimates the emotions and finances of one well-meaning citizen in the latest novel by the provocative Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2007

"Readers will wonder which choice was best for Irena, but Shriver masterfully confounds any attempt to arrive at a sure answer."
A layered and unflinching portrait of infidelity—with a narrative appropriately split in two. Read full book review >
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Not for the faint-hearted or those contemplating parenthood."
The bad seed/nurture vs. nature theme updated as a teenaged sniper's mother tries to understand the why behind her son's criminality, in a series of letters to her not so mysteriously absent husband. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >