So Much for That:
by Lionel Shriver
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Lionel Shriver loves a good tragedy. In the months of soul-searching that followed the Columbine massacre, Shriver penned the Orange Prize–winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003). The epistolary thriller, narrated by a mother attempting to understand why her dislikable son went on a murderous rampage at his high school, wonders whether to blame herself or society. Or maybe he was simply a bad seed?
In her new finger-on-the-pulse novel, So Much for That, Shriver weaves together four medical dramas, and there is no ambiguity about where fault lies—at the cloven feet of the two-headed monster that is the American health-care system and insurance industry. Shriver creates a cast of complicated, ferocious individuals, including her specialty: prickly, narcissistic women who, if they choose to reproduce, do
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