New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan is a Booker and Whitbread Prize winner. In this powerful tour de force, two parents come to appreciate the forces of love and time after the disappearance of their daughter, Kate.More
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A sustaining pleasure
So far, at the top -- right up there with the later McEwans.
Prebble is a steady, reliable, articulate reader. He's able to give each character subtle shadings that pull the narrative forward without intruding or overacting.
Both Sweet Tooth and Child in Time take place, for the most part in a London and at a time that's familiar to me. A personal bias -- a kind of hungry homesickness for time and place and old friends -- makes the choice of five stars inevitable!
But well beyond that is admiration for McEwan's ability to write a complex story of love and loss with great intelligence and humor.
Ian McEwan doesn't disappoint.
- K. Byrd Humphreys