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.
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize. He lives in London.
“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.”