In Atonement, a decades-spanning novel about a family, 13-year-old Briony Tallis, the youngest child by 10 years and an aspiring writer, witnesses something she is too young to understand. In her confusion, she makes an accusation that devastates her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie, Cecilia's lover. Regretful of her mistake, Briony writes the events of the novel as she would have liked them to have happened, revealing in the end that the reality of her situation was much more tragic.

Summary of Atonement by Ian (Russell) McEwan

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