Sweet Tooth

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Thorndike Press, 2012 - Fiction - 527 pages
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In this stunning new novel, Ian McEwan's first female protagonist since "Atonement" is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.
Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth."
Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.
Once again, Ian McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self.

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

It almost seems as though Ian McEwan approaches fiction writing as a form of self-education, given the amount of research he clearly does into the professions of his characters. We've had surgeons ... Read full review

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Spy story set in early/mid 1970s England Main character Serena Frome a recent university graduate joins MI5 She is tasked to handle an up and coming writer called Tom Haley. Serena and Tom fall in ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

IAN McEWAN is the bestselling author of fourteen 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.
www.ianmcewan.com

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