Atonement, Ian McEwan
Knocked the eyeballs out. Opens with upper-crust English estate country idyll and devolves into war-torn London. I read that this is a meta-type novel in that the narrator is a novelist but it doesn't feel self-consciously meta-. It feels like a great story, completely snark-free. Features kind of a surprise ending; the narrator successfully pulled the rug out from under me, which few narrators are able to do. Atonement features a main character one cannot like, who tries throughout the book and the writing of the book to atone for a childhood lie that set all the agon in motion. Summation: run, don't walk.