The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Children Act

By Ian McEwan

  • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 57 Ratings
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A brilliant, emotionally wrenching 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.


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  • Elegantly Written

    By LALegault
    Thank you to Mr. McEwan for writing so beautifully still, in the age of the adult-romance-e book era. As someone who has worked in family law I found this title intriguing. Upon reading it I found that it has wide-appeal. The law is a major plot line, however the character studies presented are as important. I highly recommend this title for those who appreciate a well-written story.