Lionel Shriver Biography | Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver is an American journalist and author who lives in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005 and was adapted into the 2011 film of the same name, starring Tilda Swinton.
Lionel Shriver Age
Lionel Shriver is 61 years old as of 2018. She was born on 18 May 1957, in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
Lionel Shriver Husband
Her husband name is : Jeffrey Lawrence Williams (born July 6, 1950) is an American jazz drummer, composer, and educator.
Lionel Shriver Family
Her family includes the pe0ple below
- Jeff Williams Spouse
- Donald W. Shriver Father
- Greg Shriver Brother
- Timothy Shriver Brother
- Peggy Shriver Mother
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Lionel Shriver Big Brother
The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, this is the compelling and confronting story of a sister who risks her marriage to save her morbidly obese brother.
When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. In the four years since the grown siblings last saw one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Worse, Edison’s slovenly habits, appalling diet, and know-it-all monologues drive her health-and-fitness freak husband Fletcher insane. After the big blowhard of a brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: it’s him or me. Putting her marriage and two adoptive children on the line, Pandora chooses her brother – who, without her support in losing weight, will surely eat himself into an early grave. BIG BROtHER tackles a constellation of issues surrounding obesity: why we overeat, whether extreme diets ever work in the long run, and how we treat overweight people.
Lionel Shriver Early life and education
Shriver was born Margaret Ann Shriver on May 18, 1957, in Gastonia, North Carolina, to a deeply religious family (her father is a Presbyterian minister). At age 15, she informally changed her name from Margaret Ann to Lionel because she did not like the name she had been given, and as a tomboy felt that a conventionally male name fitted her better.
She was educated at Barnard College, Columbia University (BA, MFA). She has lived in Nairobi, Bangkok, and Belfast, and currently lives in London. She has taught metalsmithing at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut.
Lionel Shriver Best Books
- We Need to Talk About Kevin 2003
- The Post-Birthday World 2007
- The Mandibles 2016
- A Perfectly Good Family 1996
- The New Republic 2012
- Property: Stories Between Two Novellas 2018
- Big Brother 2013
- Double Fault 1997
- The Female of the Species 1987
- The Standing Chandelier: A Novella 2017
- So Much for That 2010
- Game Control 1994
- LIONEL SHRIVER. 2020
- Checker and the derailleurs 1988
- The bleeding heart 1990
- The Self-Seeding Sycamore: A Short Story from the Collection, Reader, I Married Him 2016
- Domestic Terrorism: A Story from the Collection Property 2018
- The Book Club Bible 2007
- Big brother – Extrait 2014
- A Nova Republica 2014
- Piccadilly: A Story from Underground 2018
- Lionel Shriver Untitled 2 2019
- Checker and the Derailleurs 10-Copy 1989
- Female of the Species Counter Display 1988
- Property: A Collection 2018
Lionel Shriver Fiction
Shriver had written seven novels and published six (one novel could not find a publisher) before writing We Need to Talk About Kevin, which she called her “make or break” novel due to the years of “professional disappointment” and “virtual obscurity” preceding it. In an interview in Bomb magazine, Shriver listed her novels’ subject matter up to the publication of We Need to Talk About Kevin as “anthropology and first love, rock-and-roll drumming and immigration, the Northern Irish Troubles, demography and epidemiology, inheritance, tennis and spousal competition, terrorism and cults of personality”. Rather than writing traditionally sympathetic characters, Shriver prefers to create characters who are “hard to love.”
We Need to Talk About Kevin was awarded the 2005 Orange Prize.The novel is a close study of maternal ambivalence, and the role it might have played in the title character’s decision to murder nine people at his high school. It provoked much controversy and achieved success through word of mouth. She said this about We Need To Talk About Kevin becoming a success:
I’m often asked did something happen around the time I wrote Kevin. Did I have some revelation or transforming event? The truth is that Kevin is of a piece with my other work. There’s nothing special about Kevin. The other books are good too. It just tripped over an issue that was just ripe for exploration and by some miracle found its audience.
In 2009, she donated the short story “Long Time, No See” to Oxfam’s ‘Ox-Tales’ project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the ‘Fire’ collection.
Shriver’s book So Much for That was released March 2, 2010. In this novel, Shriver presents a biting criticism of the US health care system. It was subsequently named a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Her work The New Republic was published in 2012.
Her 2013 novel, Big Brother: A Novel, was inspired by the morbid obesity of one of her brothers.
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, published in May 2016, is set in a near-future in which the United States is unable to repay its national debt and Mexico has built a wall on its northern border to keep out US citizens trying to escape with their savings. Members of the moneyed Mandible family must contend with disappointment and struggle to survive, after the inheritance they had been counting on had turned out to have turned to ash. A sister bemoans a shortage of olive oil, while another has to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. Her oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, looks as if he can save the once august family from the streets. It was “not science fiction”, Shriver told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on 9 May 2016. It is an “acid satire” in which “everything bad that could happen … has happened” according to the review in the Literary Review.
Shriver has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, contributed to the Radio Ulster program Talkback and many other publications. In July 2005, Shriver began writing a column for The Guardian, in which she has shared her opinions on maternal disposition within Western society, the pettiness of British government authorities, and the importance of libraries (she plans to will whatever assets remain at her death to the Belfast Library Board, out of whose libraries she checked many books when she lived in Northern Ireland). She currently writes regularly for The Spectator.
In online articles, she discusses in detail her love of books and plans to leave a legacy to the Belfast Education and Library Board.
Lionel Shriver Net Worth
Lionel Shriver’s 2019 estimated net worth is Under Review` compared to Under Review in 2018.
Lionel Shriver Quotes
“A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it.”
“…You can only subject people to anguish who have a conscience. You can only punish people who have hopes to frustrate or attachments to sever; who worry what you think of them. You can really only punish people who are already a little bit good.”
“I thought at the time that I couldn’t be horrified anymore, or wounded. I suppose that’s a common conceit, that you’ve already been so damaged that damage itself, in its totality, makes you safe.”
“Children live in the same world we do. To kid ourselves that we can shelter them from it isn’t just naive it’s a vanity.”
“It’s far less important to me to be liked these days than to be understood.”
“In a country that doesn’t discriminate between fame and infamy, the latter presents itself as plainly more achievable.”
Lionel Shriver Activism
She expressed criticism of the American health system in an interview in May 2010 while at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Australia, in which she said she was “exasperated with the way that medical matters were run in my country” and considers that she is taking “my life in my hands. Most of all I take my bank account in my hands because if I take a wrong turn on my bike and get run over by a taxi, I could lose everything I have.” She is a patron of UK population growth rate concern group Population Matters. She was interviewed on Newsnight on BBC Two the night of December 17, 2012, questioned about the issue of whether the United States should change gun control laws after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
As the 2016 keynote speaker at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival, Shriver gave a controversial speech about cultural appropriation. Shriver had previously been criticized for her depiction of Latino and African-American characters in her book The Mandibles, which was described by one critic as racist and by another as politically misguided. In her Brisbane speech, Shriver contested these criticisms, arguing that accusations of racism and cultural appropriation were tantamount to censorship and that all writers ought to be entitled to write from any perspective, race, gender or background that they choose. The full text of her speech was published in the British newspaper The Guardian.
In June 2018 she criticised an effort by the publisher Penguin Random House to diversify the authors that it published and better represent the population, saying that it prioritised diversity over quality and that a manuscript “written by a gay transgender Caribbean who dropped out of school at seven” would be published “whether or not said manuscript is an incoherent, tedious, meandering and insensible pile of mixed-paper recycling”. This received criticism from Penguin Random House marketer and author Candice Carty-Williams. As a result of her comments she was dropped from judging a competition for the magazine Mslexia