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Sweetbitter (Hardcover)

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Sweetbitter is all about the urgency of being 22 and new to the big city. Tess has recently moved to New York and stumbles into a restaurant job. Danler does a great job illustrating that time of life when you are finally on your own and it's refreshing that Tess just works at a restaurant and is not an actor, painter or a writer. An interesting peek into both restaurant life and the mind of a young woman trying to figure out exactly what she's doing.

— Len, Chicago ORD


INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A thrilling novel of the senses and a coming-of-age tale, following a small-town girl into the electrifying world of New York City and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. Perfect for readers of Kitchen Confidential and Blood, Bones and Butter.

Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at "the best restaurant in New York City." Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest Champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships--and love--set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights. As her appetites sharpen--for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging--Tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all.

Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the restaurant--conversations interrupted, phrases overheard, and suggestions below the surface. Evoking the infinite possibility of being young in New York with heart-stopping accuracy, Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience, sweet and bitter.

About the Author

STEPHANIE DANLER is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781101875940
ISBN-10: 1101875941
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English