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The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden

by Ian McEwan
The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden

by Ian McEwan


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After both their father and mother die, a group of four siblings must survive on their own. Told from the perspective of one of the brothers, 14-year-old Jack, we watch the siblings as they navigate difficult feelings and experiences. This was McEwan’s first novel, starting with a bang and dealing with some grim subjects. Even though the contents may be grim and haunting this novel shows the literary prowess of a talented author’s debut.

In this tour de force of psychological unease—now a major motion picture starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sinead Cusack—McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting—or denying. "Possesses the suspense and chilling impact of Lord of the Flies."—Washington Post Book World.

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ISBN-13: 9780679750185
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/13/1994
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 226,863
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted 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. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children’s book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

June 21, 1948

Place of Birth:

Aldershot, England


B.A., University of Sussex, 1970; M.A., University of East Anglia, 1971

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