** Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

In Sweet Tooth, a surprisingly naive (I could say stupid, but I’m trying to be nice) young woman has a most unadvisable affair with a married professor and then signs up with the British intelligence agency while somehow thinking that she can avoid any negative side effects of having affairs or working as a spy. The structure of the novel is astonishingly clever, with short stories in a novel in another novel but I could not wrap my mind around the limitations of the heroine, which felt resolutely sexist and unappealing.

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