Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 351 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 29 minutes
First Published: 2001
On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
Quotes from Atonement
A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.
And though you think the world is at your feet, it can rise up and tread on you.
The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.
It was not generally realized that what children mostly wanted was to be left alone.