Sweet Tooth

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Knopf Canada, Aug 28, 2012 - Authors - 323 pages
9 Reviews
Ian McEwan is back with a masterpiece to equal Atonement, entwining espionage and love in a thrilling new novel.

Serena Frome, the beautiful mathematician daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge before taking a job with MI5 in London. The year is 1972: Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism; the Cold War has entered a moribund phase but the fight goes on and British Intelligence hesitates at little to influence hearts and minds. MI5 sends Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, on a secret mission that brings her to Tom Healy, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? What is deception and who is deceiving whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage--trust no one. Ian McEwan's mastery is more dazzling than ever in this superb story of intrigue, love...and mutual betrayal.

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User Review  - L. Lawson - Goodreads

I hovered between a 2 1/2 and 3 star review here and ultimately knocked it up a notch simply because the final chapter salvaged some of the loathing I had for this book and turned it into an 'okay ... Read full review

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User Review  - Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh - Goodreads

You need to have a thing for dark atmospheric novels; Sour Tooth would be more fitting. It's certainly not a thriller and it's a spy novel only in the literal sense. Timeline the 70's, the intrigue of ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of 14 books, including the novels Solar; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love; Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award; and In Between the Sheets. He lives in England.

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