Published by Knopf on May 24th 2016
A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses 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 twenty-two-year-old at the heart of this stunning first novel. Shot from a mundane, provincial past, she's come to New York to look for a life she can't define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere. 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 duty and off. Her appetites—for food, wine, knowledge, and every kind of experience—are awakened. And she's pulled into the magnetic thrall of two other servers—a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman she latches onto with an orphan's ardor.
These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess's hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story of discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment.
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I probably would have liked this more if I was a twentysomething and had ever worked as a waitress in a busy restaurant. I enjoyed the New York setting, and it did make me want to eat good food and drink good wine, but it’s the kind of book that as an almost-40 year old, I just found myself rolling my eyes a lot and saying “Oh, hon” to the main character in much the same way southern people say “Bless your heart”.
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