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.