Sweet Tooth

by Ian Mcewan

Knopf Canada | May 7, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Sweet Tooth is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.94 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030736335X

ISBN - 13: 9780307363350

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mildly enjoyable I found Serena a bit bland as a protagonist because it felt like she always positioned herself in relationship to a man. I found the plot a bit slow until the very end, where it picked up and spun the novel in a new light - this was the only part I found innovative. I don't think I'd read this book again, but it was mildly enjoyable the first time.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Tooth I thoroughly enjoyed this book,a interesting story.I confess that I skimmed over some-most of the historical references to get to the meat and potatoes but its a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sunday read... Excellent! Well written and very believable. Would like more.
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet tooth Excellent. Almost on a par with his best, Saturday.
Date published: 2013-04-20

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

by Ian Mcewan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.94 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030736335X

ISBN - 13: 9780307363350

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ian McEwan and Sweet Tooth:
"[T]he immediate reaction upon finishing is to begin the book anew.... This novel is juicy." National Post
"Sweet Tooth takes the expectations and tropes of the Cold War thriller and ratchets up the suspense.... A well-crafted pleasure to read."
—The Independent

"[McEwan is] a master of menace, an excavator of the jagged fissures that lie just under civilization's crust."
—Los Angeles Times

"[I came away] shaking my head once again in admiration of McEwan's inventiveness in giving fictional words on the page a reason to be there, his ability to entertain, and the sheer audacity and confidence that is necessary to attempt things other writers wouldn't even contemplate."
—The Guardian