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Sweetness #9
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Little Brown & Co
Publication date August 19, 2014
Pages 336
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780316278751
ISBN-10 0316278750
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.24 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.00
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:
"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.

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