|Pages/Publication Date:||240 / 2015|
Critically compared to Bleak House, Ian McEwan's Dickensian novel takes its title from Parliament's Children Act of 1989. It hinges on the question of child welfare, specifically the right of 17-year-old leukemia patient Adam Henry to refuse a lifesaving blood transfusion on religious grounds. Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over the urgent case, and her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. The context of religious radicalism in McEwan's slim novel provides a backdrop for a complex and unpredictable story that allows readers to consider the case for themselves.