INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A thrilling novel of the senses and a coming-of-age tale, following a small-town girl into the electrifying world of New York City and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. Perfect for readers of Kitchen Confidential and Blood, Bones and Butter. Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at "the best restaurant in New York City." Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest Champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships-and love-set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights. As her appetites sharpen-for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging-Tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all. Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the restaurant-conversations interrupted, phrases overheard, and suggestions below the surface. Evoking the infinite possibility of being young in New York with heart-stopping accuracy, Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience, sweet and bitter.
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"Narrator Alex McKenna's husky voice is the perfect match for this coming-of-age story about a 22-year-old Midwestern woman who moves to New York City to begin her adult life. Tess doesn't know what she wants, but she's willing to embrace every opportunity with gusto, including her grueling job as a bus person in a famous Manhattan restaurant. McKenna's performance is infused with a magical mix of youth and na•vetŽ, tempered by a toughness earned after a year in the city. Listeners will practically taste the briny oysters, feel the bubbles of champagne, and sense the pop of caviar between their teeth. McKenna projects a full range of nuanced emotions, augmenting the intimacy of Tess's journey to self-discovery and her survival in the often brutal restaurant world. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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