Ian McEwan has received prestigious awards and international praise for his novels, including Enduring Love. In Atonement, three children lose their innocence--as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935--and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.
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by Ian McEwan
by Monica Ali
"Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan begins this story in 1935 at a manor house in England. The play within the novel is written by 13-year-old Briony Tallis and rehearsed in the nursery with a cast made largely of little cousins. The play will not be a success, but the girl's gift for melodrama leads her into an erotic fiction with truly dreadful consequences. These resonate against a darkening world. The retreat to Dunkirk and the hospital scenes afterward are superb. Jill Tanner gives a magnificent performance. With perfect diction, she takes us from childish enthusiasm through despair and into wise resignation. Sometimes funny, sometimes not funny, but always English. B.H.C. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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