The marketing for The Children Act will rightfully focus on religion; it is a novel that
asks provocative questions about faith, freedom, and ethics. But I would argue that at
its heart, The Children Act is a book about choices, and the way a single decision can
ricochet into the world with startling, unpredictable consequences. The Children Act is
also pure Ian McEwan all the way through—elegant, haunting, and arresting, the kind of
book you find yourself returning to over and over again. I couldn’t ask for anything more
in a novel.