‘Outrageously good, with some of the most exquisite food-writing I’ve come across.’
Now a major TV seriesStephanie Danler
‘A fantastic read – think Girls meets Kitchen Confidential’ Stylist
‘An adrenalised love song’ Mail on Sunday
‘A stunning debut novel’ Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
*AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 | A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | A USA TODAY BESTSELLER | AN INDIE BESTSELLER*
Tess is the 22-year-old narrator of this stunning first novel. Moving to New York, a place at the centre of the universe, from a place that feels like ‘nowhere to live’, she lands a job at a renowned Union Square restaurant and begins to navigate the chaotic and punishing life of a waiter, on and off duty. As her appetites awaken – not just for food and wine but also for knowledge and friendship – Tess becomes helplessly drawn into a dark, alluring love triangle.
Sweetbitter is a novel of the senses. Of taste and hunger, of love and desire, and the wisdom that comes from our experiences, both sweet and bitter.
‘A raw, shucked, pungent, wild love story.’
'A stunning debut novel, one that seems destined to help define a generation.’
‘Danler’s writing is lush, ambitious and precise, and it’s impossible not to be impressed and taken in by her story’s grip on the heartbeat of youth and anxiety in a fast-moving city…At times manic, at times heartbreaking, it’s a sure-fire holiday read’.
‘When provincial 22-year-old Tess arrives in New York to become a waitress at a high-end restaurant, she’s struck by a new appetite for life, and love, for the first time’.
'A fantastic read - think Girls meets Kitchen Confidential'.
‘An intoxicating smorgasbord of culinary exploration. [Danler’s] vivid description will have your mouth watering…a whip-smart, charming and wry coming-of-age story. In a literary world increasingly populated with gritty anti-heroines, Sweetbitter is a welcome breath of fresh air’.
‘Playful and questing, it’s an adrenalised love song to the openness of the city and its privileged enclaves; to the torrid connections and giddy independence it inspires; and to the intensity of the seasons that broil and then bite’.
‘This clever debut is all about illusions…Danler’s intense, psychedelic style makes you feel slightly drunk, and you won’t view eating out in the same way again’.
‘The vervy sassiness ultimately avoids emulation or hipster desperation.. Tess develop into something greater than the collection of snappy one-liners and smart observations some of her male predecessors turned out to be. This is a deep-thinking, feeling woman, as vulnerable as she is tenacious. Her coke-enhanced sexual exploits…are often oddly moving, beautifully written little confessions… As her self-awareness grows, it’s increasingly difficult to resist her charms.’
'A smart meld of sexy subjects within a classic come-of-age framework, written in a particular kind of intense, self-consciously semi-poetic prose….its straight-faced commitment to the sensual high notes – from sea urchins to sexual obsession – will assure plenty of attention.'