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Right from page one, this male author has a rare sensitivity to his women characters.  A female English judge is faced with some difficult cases and portrayed with much compassion.

“Irrefutably creative … With his trademark style, which is a tranquil mix of exacting word choice and easily flowing sentences, McEwan once again observes with depth and wisdom the universal truth in the uncommon situation.”
Booklist, starred review

“A short, concise, strong novel in which a judge’s ruling decides the fate of a teenage boy in ways she never intended or imagined … it’s a book that begins with the briskness of a legal brief written by a brilliant mind, and concludes with a gracefulness found in the work of few other writers.”
Meg Wolitzer, NPR

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