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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Depressing and pointless story
I was really excited to read this book and get the inside scoop on the inner workings of an iconic restaurant in NY. What I got instead was the lurid, drug fueled “journey” of an extremely lost woman who stumbles into NYC from the Midwest and nearly lets the city eat her alive. I couldn’t sympathize at all with the main protagonist, her predictable forced relationship with a damaged man or her shocking lack of self respect and confusing self-imposed isolation. We were never even offered a glimpse into her past to maybe connect with her present self-destructive behavior. And everyone she met was horrible and selfish. It really isn’t that impossible to meet and make friends with decent people in Manhattan. I was forcing myself to finish this book because I paid for it. Don’t waste your time and money.
No Plot, Painful Read
I can't imagine why this book is so highly raved about. There is no plot, and the basis of the book is about drugs and sex. Call it a coming of age novel if you want, but I didn't even see the main character (or any character) change their ways throughout the book. I read the whole book and was highly disappointed. The book lacks everything a good book should have.
Time for a shower
I finished this book only because it was for a book discussion and felt like I had to plow thru. Boring, incoherent, depressing and unredeptive.