THE CHILDREN ACT BY IAN MCEWAN
Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out.
She visits the boy in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.
Fiona Maye’s personally life at home is unaccountably heartbreaking. Fiona and Jack have been married for many years. At home Fiona on a Sunday evening was sitting on a chaise lounge drinking Scotch and water is knocked for six when sixty-year old husband, jack makes a shocking statement telling Fiona that as they don’t have sex he wants to have an affair. Furiously hurt by Jack announcement Fiona wants to know if is already having this affair. Ian McEwan has crafted this novel a balance of research and imagination.