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Stephan Eirik Clark reads from "Sweetness #9"


“Funny and moving. After this nothing will ever taste the same again.--T.C. Boyle, author of The Women and San Miguel

 

It's 1973, and David Leveraux is a young and ambitious flavor chemist working at a world-renowned flavor-production house. While testing a new artificial sweetener--Sweetness #9--he notices some unsettling side effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a general dissatisfaction with life.


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 is generally dissatsified with her life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the human condition? David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and an exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat makes us truly who we are.


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Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Sweetness #9 is his first novel.


Event date: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
55105 Saint Paul
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Sweetness #9: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316278751
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 19th, 2014

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