Ian McEwan’s Latest Reflects On Aging and Death

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Ian McEwan’s latest, The Children Act (Nan A. Talese, $25), is the story of Fiona Maye, a distinguished family court judge. After 30 years of marriage, her husband, Jack, is interested in straying. At the same time, Fiona must preside over the case of a teenage Jehovah’s Witness who is refusing blood transfusions to treat his leukemia. It’s the perfect opportunity for McEwan to reflect on the emotional struggles associated with aging and death.

 

 

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