Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cover Envy: Sweetness #9 by Stephan Clark

I love the simplicity and ironic, well, sweetness, of the cover of Stephan Clark's novel Sweetness #9, which is being published by Hachette in August.  The design is clearly based on the iconic Sweet 'n Low packaging, with the famous Pepto pink of the wrapper and the white of the sugar switched to adorable/disturbing effect.  The novel's protagonist is David Levereaux, a flavor chemist, who in 1973 invented an artificial sweetener, which he realized in testing caused all kinds of health and psychological problems in the monkeys who it's tested on.  In the present day, Sweetness #9 (yup, that's the name of the artificial sweetener he created) is a huge success, but it might be to blame for David's myriad family problems.  Despite this plot summary, it's apparently quite funny. 

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