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Review: McEwan offers up fiction about fiction

November 7, 2012 • Entertainment


This book cover image released by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday shows “Sweet Tooth,” by Ian McEwan. (AP Photo/Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

“Sweet Tooth” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s latest novel, “Sweet Tooth,” is a curious hybrid: part spy novel, part romance, it’s really a work of fiction about fiction.

The central character is Serena Frome, a Cambridge student recruited for Britain’s domestic spy agency in 1972 by a professor and old MI5 hand.

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