Sweetness #9: A Novel

Paperback | August 4, 2015

byStephan Eirik Clark

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"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T. C. Boyle
It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.

While testing a new artificial sweetener--"Sweetness #9"--he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.

Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?

David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative,Sweetness #9questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.

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"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T. C. BoyleIt's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.While testing a new a...

Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collectionVladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. This is his first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316278777

ISBN - 13:9780316278775

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"Sweetness #9 hits that seriously sweet spot between speculative and literary fiction--the place where writers like Margaret Atwood live. Put this on the must-read list."-Sacramento News and Review