Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

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By (author) Ian McEwan

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0345803450
  • ISBN 13: 9780345803450
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 237,105

Product description

A "New York Times" Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: "San Francisco Chronicle," "Seattle Times " 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 the 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.

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Author information

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of fourteen previous 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. He has also authored 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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Praise for "Sweet Tooth" "McEwan's most stylish and personal book to date ... The year's most intensely enjoyable novel." --"The Daily Beast " "A tightly crafted, exquisitely executed page-turner -- a post-modern hall of mirrors asking savvy questions about identity, all concealed in the immersive trappings of a Victorian novel complete with a marriage plot. There's such rich pleasure and vulnerability in McEwan's storytelling, such style and heart in his well-honed sentences." --"USA Today" "Ian McEwan's delicious new novel provides all the pleasures one has come to expect of him: pervasive intelligence, broad and deep knowledge, elegant prose, subtle wit and, by no means least, a singularly agreeable element of surprise." --"Washington Post " "As usual McEwan's prose is effortlessly seductive." --"The New York Times ""As entertaining as a very intelligent novel can be and vice versa ... "Sweet Tooth" is extremely clever in both the British and American senses (smart as well as amusingly tricky) and his most cheerful book by far." --Kurt Andersen, "The New York Times Book Review " "McEwan has pulled off something remarkable here: "Sweet Tooth" is a suspenseful plot-and-character-driven novel with an unexpected postmodern twist. It's Jane Austen meets John Le Carre meets John Barth -- not a combination that I imagine anyone has ever walked into a bookstore seeking. But it's one whose delights turn out to be considerable." --"The Boston Globe " "An engaging book that's as much suspenseful drama as it is romantic love story." --NPR "Tricky and captivating ... This is a book you can think about for a long time, a book that lingers and disturbs, in a good way." --Katie Roiphe, "Slate ""With his new novel, Ian McEwan looks set to have his biggest success since 2001's "Atonement," and deservedly so. Both books feature eloquent and convincing female narrator/protagonists and have the same s