The Children Act

By Ian McEwan, Doubleday, 221 pages, $25

, New York Law Journal

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The protagonist of Ian McEwan's novel, The Children Act, is Fiona Maye, an English High Court Judge assigned to the Family Division, a court described by McEwan as teeming with "special pleading, intimate half-truths" and "exotic accusations," where parents are "dazed to find themselves in vicious combat with the one they once loved," while their children huddle in courthouse corridors.

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