Sweet Tooth: A Novel

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Knopf Canada, Aug 28, 2012 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Serena Frome, the beautiful mathematician daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the Intelligence Service. The year is 1972: Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and Irish terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase but the fight goes on and MI5 hesitates at little
to influence hearts and minds.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent by her new employers on a secret mission that brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, 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? And who is deceiving whom? To answer these
questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage—trust no one.

Ian McEwan masterfully entwines espionage and desire in an unforgettable story of intrigue, betrayal and love.

 

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The narrator tells us repeatedly that she doesn't like tricks of narration, so of course this whole thing is one big trick. The very last chapter reveals, in a fifteen page (seemingly never ending ... Read full review

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Spies, love, literature – I was in heaven and loved this book! Sorry, no plot lines from me because I don’t want to give anything away. This is a classic novel that fits right in with my “perceptual bias” category. Read full review

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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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