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Written by Ian McEwanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ian McEwan

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: January 13, 1994
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-75018-5 (0-679-75018-5)
about this book

This tour de force of psychological unease excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting--or denying.

First the father dies, then the mother. Four children are left alone in a house that looks like a castle stranded among grim high-rises. Free of supervision, free of restraint, they can do and be anything, as long as the house's secret is kept.

Out of blasphemous wishes and hair-raising games, McEwan constructs a novel that is all the more chilling for its offhand approach to the unspeakable.

"A master of menace.... The banality of evil fascinates McEwan [and] he seems anxious to identify the cracked steps, the crucibles of experience that jolt individuals, for better or worse, out of their mortal skins."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review