“Sweet Tooth,” Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan’s latest novel unlike some of his recent novels is not mainly about sex—it’s about spying, and reading. Serena, an omnivorous and proudly indiscriminate reader, declares her literary tastes early in the novel. She reads pulp fiction and great literature “and everything in between,” gobbling up Ian Fleming’s “Octopussy” and Alexander Solzhenitysn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” in quick succession, and declaring “Valley of the Dolls” to be as good as anything Jane Austen ever wrote.
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