Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth


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: 171,643

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 M15. 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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"Effortlessly seductive." --"The New York Times ""McEwan's most stylish and personal book to date. . . . The year's most intensely enjoyable novel."" --The Daily Beast ""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."" --The Washington Post ""It's Jane Austen meets John Le Carre meets John Barth. . . . Remarkable." --"The Boston Globe ""A tightly crafted, exquisitely executed page-turner--a post-modern hall of mirrors asking savvy questions about identity (with an unreliable narrator and a Martin Amis cameo), 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 ""Extremely clever in both the British and American senses . . . his most cheerful book by far." "--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 . . . [Its] delights turn out to be considerable." --"The Boston Globe" "What could be a better match--Ian McEwan and a spy story? The English writer is a thinking person's best-seller, whose intelligent, tightly plotted novels, narrated in careful prose, address the pressing social and political issues of our days." "--San Francisco Chronicle ""An espionage story that, at its heart, is about literature. . . . Ruminate[s] on writers, writing, and the power of stories." "--Entertainment Weekly ""Spy novels often boast plenty of twists but few real surprises. "Sweet Tooth," however, includes a plot development at once unpredictable and plausible. Such is McEwa