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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 13
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

jfordmedia ,

Sweet Tooth

Ian McEwen writes like warm butter, fluid and rich. His latest novel, set in 1960's-70's London and Brighton, is a splendid portrait of those times and of its lovely, too-clever protagonist, a young woman who happens to become a low-level spy for MI-5. As period piece, profile and romantic novel, it is unsurpassed in its eye for detail and character. Putting it down is beyond difficult.

HookedOnNovels ,

Very Englandy

Even though I love England, there was a little too much Englandy-ness in this book, plus it just wasn’t believable in places.

MarkHornB ,

What now?

Chapter 17 is missing... The same page repeats 22 times. What now?

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