What an interesting novel! I have just finished Ian McEwan’s Saturday (on audiobook), a slow and powerful exploration of 24 hours in the life of an English neurosurgeon. But it’s full of flashbacks, so the reader gets much more than 24 hours’ worth of knowledge and emotion. It’s all about consequences, fear, love, morality, disease, class, and choices. If you are willing to put up with a lot more introspection than plot, it will be well worth your while to read this novel. Some reviewers thought that it was too full of rich detail; I didn’t.