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Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Because there are no vacations with lots of time to read, because there is no place to go that is managing the pandemic better than my hometown, I've been going back to read books that I knew I wanted to read, but which had been quickly read and reviewed by other employees. (The pressure to review different books for our little store is real, but mostly self-imposed.) "Sweetbitter" was one such book that I just finished. Since my younger adult days of reading mysteries by authors like Dick Francis and Emma Lathen, I have loved fiction centered on businesses. If you are wondering if someone three times her age, can love reading the story of a young woman landing her first restaurant job at one of the most famous posh restaurants in New York, the answer is yes. Danler makes it obvious from the first pages that this book is based on the Union Square Cafe, whose founder Danny Meyer wrote a business classic called "Setting the Table," which I also enjoyed. Although the legendary Union Square Cafe closed in 2015, the year before "Sweetbitter" came out, it was able to reopen in 2017. Let's hope it survives the pandemic.

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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.

About the Author

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…


“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101911860
ISBN-10: 1101911867
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries