The Children Act (Paperback)

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Fiona Maye has built a fine reputation for herself as a leading judge, upholding the Children Act of 1989 as she presides over family cases in England's High Court: the secular vs. traditional Haredi education of two young daughters of estranged parents, the separation of Siamese twins in which only one has a chance to survive. Fiona's newest case requires her to decide the fate of Adam Henry, a seventeen-year-old Jehovah's Witness with leukemia who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. The decision she hands down for young Adam has an unexpected effect on both of them, especially in light of her 35-year-old marriage, which is coming apart.

— Carol


One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, BookRiot

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital--an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

About the Author

IAN McEWAN is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including the novels Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101872871
ISBN-10: 110187287X
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English