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The Children Act - Ian McEwan
The Children Act
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Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's... show more
Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case—as well as her crumbling marriage—tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780224101998 (0224101994)
Edition language: English
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Lesemanie
Lesemanie rated it
4.5 The Children Act / Kindeswohl
Fazit: Familienrichterin in der Ehekrise. Intensiv und kurzweilig. Rezension: Fiona Maye ist eine angesehene Familienrichterin. Mit einer vielbewunderten Mischung aus Einfühlungsvermögen und kühler, rechtlicher Logik, entscheidet sie über Sorgerechtsfragen und andere Dinge, wenn die Eltern der bet...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
4.0 The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Synopsis: High Court judge, Fiona Maye, presides over family court in London. All is going well until two events collide her life's roles into chaos. The first involves a seventeen year old Jehovah Witness, Matthew, who upon hearing he has cancer wants to refuse the treatment the government is fo...
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves rated it
3.0 The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan can write some of the most gorgeous prose, but sometimes it seems like the emotion behind those words is somehow missing. I felt like this novel specifically was building to some sort of climax that was never quite realized - we had the big, emotional moment, and then the book was just do...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 An examination of the judicial system in England with regard to religion and family issues.
Ian McEwan’s brief, multi-layered novel about trial judge Fiona Maye, in the High Court of the Family Court Division in England, is based on very real case law; otherwise it is entirely fiction. More than Fiona’s story, this is a story about legal and medical ethics, domestic difficulties, parental ...
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