This was typical of McEwans recent novels. Beautifully written - as always - and an interesting story. However, after Solar and Sweet Tooth (and now The Children Act) I'm still waiting for the wonderful theme that would justify this talented author's attention.
Like Amsterdam, this short work is a compact wonder, focusing on a few linked events in the life, career and marriage of an exceptional character. McEwan makes her extraordinary insight and compassion believable, partly by undercutting it with her self-doubt.