One of the author's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Atonement by Ian McEwanRead about another entry on the list.
It would be hard to find a more perfect 60 pages in all of Western literature than the opening suite of this astonishing novel. Shifting perspectives, the conjoined balm and betrayal of the fictions we tell ourselves and others — all this and more are explored here by one of our very best writers.
Atonement also appears on Kirkus Reviews's list of eleven books whose final pages will shock you, Nicole Hill's list of eleven books in which the main character dies, Isla Blair's six best books list, Jessica Soffer's top ten list of book endings, Jane Ciabattari's list of five masterpieces of fiction that also worked as films, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best birthday parties in literature, ten of the best misdirected messages in literature, ten of the best scenes on London Underground, ten of the best breakages in literature, ten of the best weddings in literature, and ten of the best identical twins in fiction. It is one of Stephanie Beacham's six best books.