I just finished Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan. I had read Cement Garden earlier and enjoyed it (must also see that movie), and now I must see the widely touted movie based on the novel. Wickpedia has a very good article on the novel if you’d like quick information. Here’s the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(novel)
In addition to the metafiction and psychological realism techniques the novel incorporates, I found the novel mesmerizing, the themes deeply touching. Like Kite Runner, Atonement deals with a character haunted by personal failure. There are several points of view presented, but the most interesting is that of Briony’s.
To learn more of McEwan and his writings, go to http://www.ianmcewan.com/