Sweet Tooth is Ian McEwan‘s most recent novel, published in 2012. Its protagonist, Serena Frome (rhymes with “plume”), a maths graduate from Cambridge with a penchant for speed-reading paperback fiction. Serena is beautiful, but not outstanding when it comes to solving mathematical problems, nor is she sophisticated in her literary tastes – she’s just your average girl who gets by with the use of her beauty and charm.
After finishing her degree in maths, Serena, recruited by her lover and former agent, joins the MI5, determined to make a difference for her country. Set in the 1970′s when women were not common in MI5, against the backdrop of England during the Cold War, in the midst of an impending recession, Sweet Tooth, at first glance, reads a lot like a John Le Carre spy novel. (Read more….)