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Atonement
by Ian McEwan

Overview - Ian McEwan, Booker Prize -- winning author of Amsterdam, has created a symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative combined with the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ian McEwan, Booker Prize -- winning author of Amsterdam, has created a symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative combined with 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 -- forces a situation that will change the course of their lives. As it follows that event'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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385721790
  • ISBN-10: 038572179X
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: February 2003
  • Page Count: 368


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This national bestseller and Booker Prize nominee opens in 1935 in England, where the members of the well-to-do Tallis family—theatrical, 13-year-old Briony; Cecilia, her older, Cambridge-educated sister, and their sensitive, migraine-wracked mother—are preparing for the homecoming of son Leon, a successful bank clerk. When Briony observes a flirtation between Cecilia and Cambridge student Robbie Turner, who also happens to be the son of the family's cleaning lady, her writer's imagination gets the best of her, and she later accuses Robbie of a terrible crime—a charge that changes his life forever. Shifting perspectives and spanning decades, the novel—reminiscent, at times, of the work of Virginia Woolf—is a classic portrait of war-torn Europe that examines the writing process, the power of memory and the human capacity to forgive. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.randomhouse.com/anchor/.

 
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