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Atonementby Ian McEwan
2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
2001 Booker Prize Shortlist
Synopses & Reviews
Ian McEwan's symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.
On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia's childhood friend. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives — together with her precocious literary gifts — brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime's repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
"McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive....With each book McEwan ranges wider, and his powers have never been more fully in evidence than here." Publishers Weekly
"Moving deftly between styles, this is a compelling exploration of guilt and the struggle for forgiveness." Library Journal
"A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama." John Updike, The New Yorker
"Not since the 19th century has a writer stepped in and out of his characters' minds with such unfettered confidence." The Plain Dealer
"No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan." The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and eight novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time — winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award — The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, and Amsterdam — winner of the 1998 Booker Prize.
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