Lionel Shriver won the Orange Prize yesterday for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, discussed earlier here and here. Buy.this.book. From an interview with the author:
Q: What sparked 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'?
A: An intersection of the public and the private. I was in my early forties, and contending with the fact that my tentative decision to forgo children was soon to be writ in stone. What was I so afraid of? Meanwhile, stories kept pouring in from the U.S. about kids shooting up their high schools. I thought: that (among a host of other things) is what I’m afraid of.