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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