2001 Atonement is a 2001 novel by British author Ian McEwan. Lives and relationships are dramatically changed after a mistaken accusation by a youthful and innocent girl; with age she grasps her mistake and lives desiring atonement which leads her into an exploration of the nature of writing for this end.
I saw the movie first, which is unusual for me. However, the movie was so good IMO, that I had to read the book. This book is also listed in the book "1000 Books you Should Read Before you Die" - thus it must be good! In may move into my favorites list.... Atonement...amazing book and movie.