Now he was taking long strides, bawling her name as he pounded the length of an aisle and headed once more for the door. . . . His fear was too evident, too forceful, it filled the impersonal, fluorescent space with an unignorable human warmth.
-- The Child in Time by Ian McEwan. This is the horrifying scene when the hero's three-year-old daughter is snatched from him in the grocery story. That McEwan can get the reader through it without breaking down -- to get to the story of how the parents deal with their unimaginable grief -- proves what a marvelous writer he is.
The Child in Time won the 1987 Costa Book of the Year Award.
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