Atonement by Ian McEwan
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On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
Our favourite quote: 'The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.'
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