Atonement
Ian McEwan
Contributed by Eusebia Cagley
Overview
Author
Ian McEwan
Year Published
2000
Type
Fiction
Genre
Romance
About the Title

An atonement is a reparation for a wrong, and Atonement is Briony Tallis’s attempt to apologize for sabotaging Robbie Turner and ruining his future with her sister, Cecilia Tallis. Briony eventually asks whether a novelist can "achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God?" She concludes there is "no atonement for God, or novelists," despite her noble attempt at it.

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