Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan’s haunting novel details the devastating impact of one child’s mistake on a summer day in 1935. After observing her older sister Cecilia and the housekeeper’s son Robbie in an intimate situation she doesn’t understand, young Briony makes an accusation that will change lives. The book follows Robbie years later as he fights and suffers in World War II. Briony is now a nurse in war-torn London, more conscious of the effects her childish accusation has unleashed, and wanting to make amends to both Robbie and Cecilia. Part crime story, part romance, part history, this heartbreaking novel deserves its designation as a modern classic.