“The Diagnosis,” a new Ian McEwan story, appears in the current issue of The New Yorker. I’ll wait for the print version before reading it in full, but a quick skim suggests that it’s an excerpt from McEwan’s forthcoming novel, Saturday. The New York Times recently described the book as a
story set on a single day in February 2003, when London was seized by its biggest-ever peace demonstration. More than a million people took to the streets to protest the looming war in Iraq and Britain’s participation as the United States’ biggest ally.
In the book, a British neurosurgeon, Henry Perowne, leaves his central London house to pick up his car, a silver Mercedes 500, to drive to his regular game of squash.