Sweetness #9: A Novel

Sweetness #9: A Novel

"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,… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)

The New York Times : Weird Science (September 05, 2014)

Clark is a gifted writer who came up with the architecture for a fine novel. Alas, “Sweetness #9” isn’t that book.

Kirkus Reviews : Sweetness #9 (August 21, 2014)

Clever writing balances out the conspiracy theories, but the fictional treatment of this issue leaves readers wondering about the facts.

We have one body and if we don’t take care of it then who will? Our doctors can only do so much and then it’s up to us. Reading Sweetness #9 may literally save your life.

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 19, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780316278768

Page count: 336 pages

File size: 1.5 MB

Language: English

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