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A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam. 

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides 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: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—and encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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  • “Duncan’s voice has a maturity and pragmatism that suits Fiona’s characterization. Even as Fiona copes with difficult cases involving children and returns home to an empty house, Duncan remains steady and never maudlin. One can fully imagine Fiona retaining her dignity in the presence of these personal and professional storms, and so Duncan succeeds in this high-quality audiobook.”

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  • “Thoughtful, well-wrought novel…McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding.

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  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, September 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A September 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Narrator

Lindsay Duncan is a Scottish stage, television, and film actress. She has won two Olivier Awards and a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives. In addition to her screen and stage performances, she has also lent her voice to several audio books, including Marrying the Mistress, Brother and Sister, and Aesop: The Complete Collection