On Chesil Beach
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan
The bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement brilliantly illuminates the collision of sexual longing, deep-seated fears, and romantic fantasy on a young couple’s wedding night.
It is 1962, and Florence and Edward are celebrating their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties become overwhelming. Unbeknownst to them both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in On Chesil Beach a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
From Publishers Weekly
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Delicately, beautifully, heartbreakingly rendered.
Delicately, beautifully, heartbreakingly rendered. A story set in 1962 when a man and woman face a dilemma and it is only after living a full life that one can assess the quality of the decisions made.
Small and perfect
If you want action, look elsewhere. This novel considers—among many aspects of humanity—the power of what’s not said. Here is a brief book where not a word seems wasted. It is as structured as a piece of music and as true as real life.