Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pre Pub Book Buzz: Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark

Ooh, catch up posts from the weekend. This week's (or last week's technically) book I'm super stoked about is Stephan Eirik Clark's debut, Sweetness #9, due out August 19th from the folks over at Little, Brown and Company.

Here's the Goodreads description to whet your appetites:

Fast Food Nation meets The Corrections in the brilliant literary debut T.C. Boyle calls "funny and moving."

David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavor Chemist at one of the world's leading flavor production houses. While testing Sweetness #9, he notices that the artificial sweetener causes unsettling side-effects in laboratory rats and monkeys. But with his career and family at risk, David keeps his suspicions to himself.

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

An exciting literary debut, SWEETNESS #9 is a darkly comic, wildly imaginative investigation of whether what we eat makes us who we are.

Sounds good (and more than a little timely), right?!

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