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A remarkable literary debut: a young woman’s coming-of-age story, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants.
Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. What follows is the story of 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. As her appetites awaken—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—Tess finds herself helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle. In Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler deftly conjures with heart-stopping accuracy the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the restaurant industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young in New York.
ABOUT STEPHANIE DANLER
Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. Her work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Vogue Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetit, O Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and Lit Hub. She is at work on a book of non-fiction, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.
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