Sweeter Response to SWEET TOOTH

After  Michiko Kakutani’s sour response  in the NYT to Ian McEwan’s new novel, Sweet Tooth (RH/Nan A. Talese; Thorndike large print; Recorded Books), the book is enjoying much better reactions from other quarters. In the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley calls it a “delicious new novel [that] provides all the pleasures one has come to expect of [McEwan]: pervasive intelligence, broad and deep knowledge, elegant prose, subtle wit and, by no means least, a singularly agreeable element of surprise.” The Minneapolis Star predicts it will be “his biggest success since 2001′s Atonement, and deservedly so.”  NPR’s web site calls it a “Tootsie Roll Pop of a literary confection — hard-boiled candy enrobing a chewy surprise at its core.”

In another form of appreciation, the book has been optioned by Working Title Films (the company that adapted Atonement in 2007).

Also, holds are growing in libraries and are heavy in many.

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