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Sweetness #9 - a novel
Stephan Eirik Clark
Little, Brown and Company
UK Publication Date

David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavour Chemist at one of the world's leading 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 amd family at risk, David keeps his suspicions to himself.

Year later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetner - 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.

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Stephan Eirik Clark is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. Born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States, Clark holds a Master's degree in English Literature with a creative writing emphasis from the Univeristy of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. A former print and radio journalist, he lives in Minneapolis and teaches creative writing at Augsburg College. Sweetness #9 is his first novel.

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Keyword Index
Weight gain - Fiction.|Eating disorders - Fiction.|Sweeteners - Fiction.|Family life - Fiction.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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