A young girl sees her older sister and a man in a situation she doesn't understand, and subsequently makes an accusation that changes the course of all three lives. This is a study of a life-long search for forgiveness and atonement. McEwan is at his best here. An amazing and excellent book! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Vintage paperback edition of this novel universally acclaimed as Ian McEwan's finest work to date - telling a beatifully evoked tale of love, betrayal, and ultimately, the eponymous atonement. "He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel" "Independent On Sunday". "A superb achievement which combines a magnificent display of the powers of the imagination with a probing explanation of them" "Sunday Times"
A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and England, that explores shame and forgiveness, atonement and the possibility of absolution.