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30 Day Book Challenge (Day 6) - A Book That Makes You Sad

Atonement - Ian McEwan

This book devastated me, and the devastation crept up on me and struck me unawares.  I had a sense of the story when I began, but I was unprepared for how hard Cecilia and Robbie's fates hit me.  I was in awe of McEwan's storytelling and his ability to put together a plot, with all its twists and turns.  I thought there was something about the tone that I didn't like, and then I discovered why the book had the tone it did, and again, I was in awe.  I have thought about this book a great deal since I read it.  I still wonder how Briony lived with herself.  Most certainly essential reading.