Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you dicuss future releases that you are looking forward to.
This week I am waiting on The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Release date: September 2nd 2014.
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
McEwan’s writing is raw and poignant, he doesn’t hold back at all. I have read some of his previous work, Enduring Love, Saturday and Solar, all of which were very well written, with interesting plots. I absolutely love Atonement and was slightly traumatised by the incestuous weirdness that is The Cement Garden.
McEwan is definitely an acquired taste, among my family and friends I am the only on that seems to like him, but I proudly do so. There seem to be some sensitive issues in The Children Act and I think it will be interesting to see how McEwan handles these and how the intriguing storyline plays out. The synopsis offers a Jodi Picoult type feel, again I think it will be interesting to see how his, at times shocking, writing style deals with such issues. It is safe to say that I am looking forward to reading this book.
Do you like Ian McEwan or is he a little too…alternative for you?