Sunday September 27, 2020

Shriver returns with an enjoyable dystopian tale

FICTION; The Mandibles; By Lionel Shriver ; HarperCollins, €23

22nd May, 2016
Lionel Shrivers new novel is gloomy but darkly enjoyable

Lionel Shriver is not the sort of writer to dodge an uncomfortable topic. We Need to Talk About Kevin, her most successful and acclaimed novel by a long shot, addressed the phenomenon of mass school killings. Obesity, meanwhile, was at the core of Big Brother.

With her latest novel, The Mandibles: A Family, Shriver casts a jaundiced eye to a less-than-perfect future, or specifically, the near future, since the action kicks off in 2029.

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