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- Full Title: Atonement
- When Written: 2001
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 2001
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical fiction
- Setting: England and France; before, during, and after World War II
- Climax: Briony Tallis’s false testimony, condemning Robbie Turner for the rape of Lola Quincey
- Antagonist: Paul Marshall
- Point of View: Limited 3rd person
Extra Credit for Atonement
Stranger than fiction. Family drama isn’t restricted to Ian McEwan’s novels. As a grown man, McEwan learned that he has a living, long-lost brother: a bricklayer named David Sharp. Sharp was conceived in an affair between McEwan’s parents, while McEwan’s mother was married to another man, and was given up for adoption in 1942.
Success on the silver screen. McEwan’s novels have been adapted to films at least seven times, including the 2007 movie version of Atonement that starred Keira Knightley as Cecilia Tallis and James McAvoy as Robbie Turner.