Ian McEwan: "The Children Act"

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Ian McEwan: "The Children Act"

A dying teenage boy refuses lifesaving medical treatment because of his religion, and a family court judge must decide his fate. Ian McEwan, author of “Atonement,” on his latest novel.

In Ian McEwan's new novel, a 17-year-old boy is dying. As a Jehovah's Witness, he cannot agree to a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion -- so a British family court judge must decide his fate. In doing so, she is forced to confront her own vulnerabilities, and learn to live with the consequences of her decision. McEwan, a Booker Prize-winning author, joins guest host Frank Sesno to discuss his latest novel.

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Ian McEwan

author of 13 novels including "Atonement" and the Man Booker Prize-winning "Amsterdam."

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Excerpted from "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan. © 2014. Reprinted with permission from Penguin Random House.All Rights Reserved.

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