The Child in Time

The Child in Time

Book - 2014 | Vintage Canada edition.
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Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children's books, is confronted with the unthinkable: his only child, three-year-old Kate, is snatched from him in a supermarket. In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realizes his daughter is gone.

With extraordinary tenderness and insight, Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan takes us into the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate's absence sets Stephen and his wife, Julie, on diverging paths as they each struggle with a grief that only seems to intensify with the passage of time. Eloquent and passionate, the novel concludes in a triumphant scene of love and hope that gives full rein to the author's remarkable gifts.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2014.
Edition: Vintage Canada edition.
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780345809674
Branch Call Number: FIC McEwa
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 21 cm

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jeanie123
Mar 01, 2018

This is a fantastic book that is brilliantly written, deeply insightful yet quirky, tragic and darkly comical. Amazing. I'm really looking forward to seeing the BBC movie on PBS starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role on April 1.

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jdeank
Feb 06, 2012

I've enjoyed many of the McEwan books, this book is not a favorite among them. He does have an interesting style and a talent for writing books that are snippets of people's lives.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

Haunting, with another signature McEwan scene of unbearable suspense - the sequence in the treehouse is unforgettable.

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elloyd74
Jul 07, 2008

McEwan's other books have received a lot of praise and notice, of course--but this more subtle, perfectly constructed novel may be my favorite by him.

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