Lionel Shriver’s Speculative Fictions

Big Brother: A Novel BY Lionel Shriver. Harper. Hardcover, 384 pages. $26.
The cover of Big Brother: A Novel

It took the American novelist Lionel Shriver a long time to get our attention. Her first six books, published in the course of two decades, were met with a critical shrug and sales that Shriver later described as “in the toilet.” Her seventh, an epistolary novel narrated by the mother of a school shooter, was rejected by thirty publishers before a small house in England (Shriver’s adopted homeland) paid her all of two thousand pounds for the manuscript.