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The Children Act

byIan McEwan

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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A national bestseller and international bestseller, The Children Act is 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 stunning page.
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 B...
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Title:The Children ActFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 7.99 × 5.37 × 0.72 inShipping dimensions:7.99 × 5.37 × 0.72 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345809637

ISBN - 13:9780345809636

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I must admit I am surprised by the reviews that are under this book! I received this book as a Christmas gift and read it in two sittings. I was instantly intrigued and became obsessed with learning what would happen. The book does deal with a judge, and has some legal jargon in it, so perhaps my interest in the law made the book more enjoyable for me. Seeing the direct impact of the law on people "after the fact" is definitely an important aspect of the story. I have already recommended it to friends, and those who have read this book have agreed with me so far! This is my first Ian McEwan novel so maybe I need to read others to change my opinion. Still, this book quickly became a favourite and one that I will continue to recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay Interesting, given that he and his ex wife were in a dispute about the children.I read all Ian McEwan's books and this was just okay.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me Slow moving not much plot or character development.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Read I really enjoyed this book. It's about a middle aged female judge's obsession with work taking a toll on her relationship with her husband at a time when a case she cannot ignore, involving death and religion, enters her life. The story, about law and love, is poetic and unpredictable. I found the characters, especially Fiona, very relatable even as a young adult. It was a page turner for me although some parts seemed drawn out.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A dud I always enjoyed Ian McEwen's books and looked forward to reading The Children Act. What a disappointment! Unbelievable characters (especially the husband). Great start and last 2 pages but the rest of the book was tedious.
Date published: 2016-02-09

Editorial Reviews

LONGLISTED 2015 – International DUBLIN Literary Award 

"Like all of McEwan's work, The Children Act...is a very readable narrative, fortified with suspense and displaying a taste for the lurid." —Philip Marchand, National Post

"Fans of Ian McEwan are going to love The Children Act.... Both heartbreaking and funny at the same time."  —The Vancouver Sun