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Is this book as amazing as Beloved or Wolf Hall? No. But it is sensitive and lovely and so much fun in so many ways.
And "youth"? Stephanie Danler must have been taking notes all along.
— Barbette Houser
Sweetbitter has bite. Our heroine, Tess, moves from nowhere to New York, where her life is going to officially begin. Yes, she's had a childhood and been to college, but none of that counts. Nothing starts counting until she crosses the river and starts working at a restaurant downtown. While she's there, she falls in love and obsession, she finds a life, and starts to find herself. The writing is sharp, and the story is fierce and electric, like you have to read carefully or you might hurt yourself. Even still, I could not stop.
INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Soon to be a series on Starz
"Brilliantly written. . . . Outstanding."—The New York Times Book Review
Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.
About the Author
Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Los Angeles, California.
NATIONAL BEST SELLER
“Outstanding.” —Gabrielle Hamilton, The New York Times Book Review
“Vivid and exquisite.” —NPR
“[A] heady first taste of self-discovery, bitter and salty and sweet.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Meticulously rendered.” —Los Angeles Times
“Ravishing. . . . It tantalizes, seduces, satisfies.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Smart, delicious. . . . A sexy, sweaty book of sensory overload.” —The Washington Post
“[Sweetbitter] is going to make a lot of people hungry.” .—The New York Times
“A heady mix of youth, love, gastronomic delights and determined self-invention. . . . [Danler] is a writer of prodigious talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle “A raw, shucked, pungent, wild love story.” —Marie Claire
“Sexy, astute. . . . Anyone who’s ever tied on an apron will think, ‘Finally, someone wrote a book about us.’ And nailed it.” —People
“This dynamite book is filled with the heart-wrenching indignities of self-discovery, and gives a gritty, inside look to the fast-paced, drug-filled, whirlwind scene of restaurant life.” —Bon Appétit
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