A Hand on the Shoulder, Ian McEwan, THE NEW YORKER

by Patti Abbott

A young woman is being recruited to work in MI-5. She takes a much older lover, who educates her in British history. He is married, of course, and things go awry eventually. Looks to be part of a novel for McEwan. I am a great fan and the writing here was terrific if the entire story seemed a bit incomplete. PA

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