Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.51 × 5.98 × 0.93 in
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345809629
ISBN - 13: 9780345809629
From the Publisher
A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the
author of Atonement and Amsterdam.
Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in
family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and
deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law.
Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the
course of action to ensure a child''s welfare obvious. But the law
requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in
considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing
down her verdicts.
But Fiona''s professional success belies domestic strife. Her
husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an
argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her
adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a
modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and
ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her
work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy
whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion
because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah''s Witnesses.
But Jack doesn''t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve
the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways
that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last
About the Author
IAN McEWAN is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including
the novels Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach;
Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book
Critics Circle Award and the W. H.Smith Literary Award; The
Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both
short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of
the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the
Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love,
Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In
Between the Sheets. He lives in Gloucestershire.