Stephanie Danler

Sweetbitter

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A lush, thrilling debut about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant.
“Let's say I was born when I came over the George Washington Bridge…” This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the 22-year-old at the heart of this stunning debut. Shot like a bullet from a mundane past, she's come to New York to escape the provincial, to take on her destiny. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a “backwaiter,” on and off duty.
Her appetites are awakened, for food, wine, knowledge and experience; and she's pulled into the thrall of two other servers--a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual, and overpowering. These two will prove to be Tess's hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story about discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment.
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334 printed pages

Impressions

    klucharevashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up
    🚀Unputdownable

    Острый, болезненный, любвеобильный роман о работе в ресторанах и личном взрослении в большом городе

    Milena San Románshared an impression3 years ago
    🎯Worthwhile

    You will come out of this thinking you know about wine

    Pak Samanshared an impression3 years ago
    💩Utter Crap
    💀Spooky
    🔮Hidden Depths
    🎯Worthwhile
    😄LOLZ

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Quotes

    Christabelle Adelinehas quoted5 years ago
    “Sweetheart, you can’t make a set of aesthetic decisions without making an ethical one. That’s what makes them fake people.”
    Ksenia Kosmachevahas quoted2 years ago
    “Aging is peculiar,” she said, moving a piece of parsnip around the plate with her fork. “I don’t think you should be lied to about it. You have a moment of relevancy—when the books, clothes, bars, technology—when everything is speaking directly to you, expressing you exactly. You move toward the edge of the circle and then you’re abruptly outside the circle. Now what to do with that? Do you stay, peering backward? Or do you walk away?”
    Natalie Halehas quoted5 years ago
    But if you take art too seriously you wind up killing yourself.

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