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"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.
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Best book of the year
Already re-reading this gem.
I was really looking forward to reading this book based on the reviews. However it did not meet expectations at all. None of the characters were interesting and most seemed pathetic and bland. If there was a story line it was obscure.....most of the detail focused on the central character - newly arrived in NYC - trying to liberate herself by behaving in very demeaning and humiliating ways with various coworkers. I could not wait for this book to end.
The writing is incredible and moving - one of my all-time favorites