Sweetbitter

 

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (Vintage 2017; $16) is the most modern coming of age story about 22-year-old Tess who moves to New York and lands a job at an expensive, glamorous restaurant. It’s an education into the glitz, glitter and grime of the restaurant word and those who labor there–Champagne, cocaine, rich patrons and evenings partying too hard at dive bars.

For those who read Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City on another beach at another time, it’s New York 30 years is later—still insane and just as wonderful. A definite page turner.

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