Sweetness #9: A Novel

Sweetness #9: A Novel

by Stephan Eirik Clark

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Overview

"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."—T. C. Boyle

It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.

While testing a new artificial sweetener—"Sweetness #9"—he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.

Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener—and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?

David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316278775
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. This is his first novel.

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Sweetness #9: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this is fiction, it comes close to reality and is humor for today's business profiles.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line and the characters were beleiveable.