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May Meetup: Atonement

Note: RSVPs for this meetup will open up at 7pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (This is a slight departure from our usual RSVP schedule.) We are aware that the meetup is scheduled on Easter Sunday, but we were unfortunately unable to switch the date at St. Elmo's.

For April, we are reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Award in 2001, and made into a full-length feature film in 2007 starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The novel is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook (Kindle/Nook). One of the hardcover versions numbers 351 pages.

The blurb from GoodReads is

Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

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  • Robin

    Enjoyed the discussion! Nice to meet everyone.

    May 18, 2014

  • Craig

    Hey, Nerds: I'm sick as a dog today, so I won't be able to make it to book group. I really hate to miss it, but you guys can get along without me. Please note that I'll be opening the RSVPs for June tomorrow at 7 pm.

    May 18, 2014

  • Chris H

    I will be there.

    April 21, 2014

  • Robin

    I'll be there in May

    April 20, 2014

  • Elizabeth Boe Aarestad L.

    May 18 works for me. Looking forward to it.

    April 20, 2014

    • Aldo S.

      Fine for me too.

      April 20, 2014

  • Kristin J.

    Plans on May 18. Too bad, It's a great book.

    April 19, 2014

  • Faith R.

    As with Victoria, my Easter plans have somersaulted and I won't be able to attend the discussion. I found the book a bit turgid at times but that may be because I hadn't gotten to the "good" part yet. I'll be interested in everyone's reaction to it and whether the movie tells the tale better or worse (thanks, Roger!). Anyway, have a great book club and Easter. I will eat a chocolate egg, or two, in homage to tasty reading!

    April 18, 2014

  • Victoria

    I changed my RSVP to no and apologize for the late notice. This was going to be my first meeting with this group and was looking forward to it. And had almost finished Atonement (for the second time). But my family has changed our Easter plans from brunch to a late lunch...

    April 18, 2014

  • Ilse

    So sorry, I won't be able to make it to next week's discussion. Have a fantastic meeting. Cheers.

    April 16, 2014

  • Lisa A.

    Sometimes we've had discussions on Facebook after the meeting ... it would be nice to also discuss online.

    April 13, 2014

  • Stephanie B.

    Looks like I won't be able to make it next week, which is too bad because I'm already pretty deep into the book and was looking forward to the discussion :-(

    April 13, 2014

  • Lisa A.

    One of my favorite novels -- not going to miss this discussion! (even on Easter :)

    1 · March 19, 2014

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