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Any of his books would appeal to reread, but Atomement was the first one I read to discover this great storyteller.— Roberta
On a 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. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.
“A tour de force.... Every bit as affecting as it is gripping.”
—The New York Times
“Lush, detailed, vibrantly colored and intense.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama.” —John Updike, The New Yorker
“Luminous.... Atonement is brilliant.”
“No one now writing fiction in the English language surpasses Ian McEwan.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“McEwan could be the most psychologically astute writer working today, our era’s Jane Austen.”