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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Kennedys prose is lively and assured. The New York Times Book Review
A good man in a bad world, Jon Sigurdsson is fifty-nine and divorced, a senior civil servant in London who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts.
Meg Williams is a bankrupt accountanttwo words you dont want in the same sentence, or anywhere near your rsum. Shes forty-five and shakily sober, living on Telegraph Hill in London, where she can see the city unfurl below her.
Somewhere out there is Jon, pinballing around the city with a cell phone and a letter-writing habit he cant break. Hes a man on the brink, leaking government secrets and affection for a woman he barely knows as he runs for his life.
Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, Serious Sweet is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world, ready to sacrifice whats left of themselves for honesty and for a chance at tenderness. As Jon and Meg navigate the sweet and serious heart of Londonpassing through twenty-four hours that will change them both foreverthey tell an unusual and moving love story.