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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.

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Sweet Tooth
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3.7 / 5
January 22nd, 2014
I thought this book captured perfectly the feeling of communist threat after the war. The main protagonist becomes immersed in espionage and throughout you never really gauge whom is spying in whom. With the stuff upper lip in place throughout, and the beginnings of females taking a larger role in the workplace, McEwan really manages to capture the feelings of the period. The love and espionage elements are fantastic, and you really wonder until the end of the story how it will unfold. Wonderful!
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