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  • Title: Sweetbitter
  • Author: Stephanie Danler
  • ISBN: 9781101875957
  • Page: 177
  • Format: ebook
  • You will develop a palate A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember Where you assign words to the textures of taste Eating becomes a discipline, language obsessed You will never simply eat food again These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty two year old narrator of Sweetbitter and you will never again read a debut coming of age novel asYou will develop a palate A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember Where you assign words to the textures of taste Eating becomes a discipline, language obsessed You will never simply eat food again These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty two year old narrator of Sweetbitter and you will never again read a debut coming of age novel as stunning as this one Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006 Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen, as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her What follows is her education in oysters, Champagne, the appellations of Burgundy, friendship, cocaine, lust, love, and dive bars As her appetites awaken for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging we see her helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle With an orphan s ardor she latches onto Simone, a senior server at the restaurant who has lived in ways Tess only dreams of, and against the warnings of coworkers she falls under the spell of Jake, the elusive, tatted up, achingly beautiful bartender These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess s most exhilarating and painful lesson of all Stephanie Danler intimately defines the crucial transition from girl to woman, from living in a place that feels like nowhere to living in a place that feels like the center of the universe She deftly conjures the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the restaurant conversations interrupted, phrases overheard, relationships only partially revealed And she evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, the fragility and brutality of being young in New York with heart stopping accuracy A lush novel of the senses of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the transformation and wisdom that come from our experiences, sweet and bitter From the Hardcover edition.
    Sweetbitter You will develop a palate A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember Where you assign words to the textures of taste Eating becomes a discipline language obsessed You will never simply eat

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    1. If Sweetbitter is the book of the summer, then clearly I need a new season I could not find one reason to understand why the reviews of this book were as good as they were Most of them seem to center around how well they say the author describes food As someone who has been deeply interested in food writing since high school, I can deem her merely adequate This book is the ne plus ultra of terrible MFA writing The self indulgent meandering that the reader is forced to endure as the dimwitted mai [...]

    2. This is one of those I really wanted to like it books The sentence level writing is gorgeous, and the subject matter working in a high end NYC restaurant is for some of us nearly irresistible And at first I liked Sweetbitter very much Young girl moves to New York, gets an amazing job, is immersed in the life of the city What s not to like But after a hundred pages or so maybe even fewer , I started to get frustrated While I was enjoying protagonist Tess s introduction to fine food and wine, I ke [...]

    3. I apologies in advance for sounding hard and harsh in this reviewSo one of the most anticipated books of 2016 according to some literary and press sources.In their reviews and in the first GR reviews it was said to be Anthony Bourdain meets Jay McInerney with a sprinkling of Siri Hustvedt So Anthony Bourdain Tough luck I just read his Kitchen Confidential Sweetbitter is supposed to engulf your gastronomic senses Except for a short episode of eating a first oyster, the first and one of very few r [...]

    4. I work in a bookstore in an affluent neighborhood Today, the following conversation occurred Customer I want to return this book plunks Sweetbitter down on the counter Me Okay, what was wrong with it Customer It was stupid Me Oh, I really liked it But I could see how someone could find it kind of pretentious Customer Yeah, all those waiters going around quoting Kant and Fitzgerald It was ridiculous Me surprised, as this had not been what I d meant at all OhCustomer A whole book about someone wan [...]

    5. This was a spontaneous audiobook pick available through my library overdrive I never had any serious intentions of reading it when it first came out I had pre judged it unfairly I assumed the writing would be amateurish WRONG The words that Stephanie Danler used in her sentences were invigorating delicious and thought provoking My original thought was, what gifted author writes about a 22 year old female looking to reinvent herself in New York City I wanted to change the channel on this story be [...]

    6. Hmmm Where to start when reviewing Sweetbitter My desire to read it can certainly be attributed to the Hype Monster and a serious case of Cover Lust People were raving about this one long before the release date, and it was hotly anticipated ever since Stephanie Danlier s book deal was announced Also, the cover lured me in the first time I saw it I mean look at at it it s just so striking.I went out and bought the novel right away because of the glowing reviews and that striking image on the fr [...]

    7. It s weird I couldn t put this one down and at the same time I was slightly annoyed the whole time I was reading The descriptions of working in a restaurant are good, as are the food and wine discussions descriptions, and they kept me going thru all the bar scenes and bumps of cocaine and thoughts that seemed too mature for a 22 year old who was the opposite of mature.Enjoyable but just not my favorite.

    8. I have a new appreciation for this book, reading it the second time One of my favorites I adore Stephanie s writing, sis needs to come out with another one

    9. I wanted to say, My life is full I chose this life because it s a constant assault of color and taste and light and it s raw and ugly and fast and it s mine And you ll never understand Until you live it, you don t know When we first meet Tess in the summer of 2006, she has just left home and driven to New York without any real plans, just a rented room in an apartment in Williamsburg She somehow manages to find a job as a backwaiter at a famous New York restaurant, and it changes her life in way [...]

    10. I couldn t finish this book I checked it out because the novel had been hyped, and generally I like foodie stories, but the writing in this was too on the nose and I was groaning by page 5 For example, in the beginning she writes about driving to New York to escape from her hometown and its twin pillars of football and church ARGH.I skimmed ahead and didn t see much to improve my opinion Maybe you will like it .

    11. I m willing to go out on a limb and call Sweetbitter my novel of 2016 Twenty two year old Tess arrives in New York City by car in June 2006 Two days later she interviews at a restaurant in Union Square and gets a job as a backwaiter and barista Camaraderie makes the restaurant not just bearable but a kind of substitute home Tess is most fascinated by two colleagues who stand apart from the crowd Simone, the resident wine know it all, and bartender Jake Try as she might, Tess can t work out the d [...]

    12. I love a good coming of age story, but 98% of this book was is unbearable Here s a sampling ROMANCE Your eyes It s unmistakeable, he said He thumbed my cheekbone Veiled melancholy has her sovereign shrine His hand moved up my cheek, flushing me, into my hair, where he tugged, his fingers dry, nonchalant His other hand pressed into the bruise on my thigh, as he could intuit the blood below the skin When he kissed me I said, Oh my god into his mouth but that, like everything else, was swallowed up [...]

    13. I really liked this coming of age story set in the milieu of a high end New York City restaurant It does get off to a slow start and the writing style takes some getting used to but if you like complex and often unlikeable characters, this may be for you.Tess comes to New York City as a young adult with no plans and no resources She unexpectedly gets a job as a backwaiter plate clearer, drink bearer, dinner deliverer, table service setter in a very upscale restaurant The story traces a year in h [...]

    14. I started this book without knowing exactly what I would find Some reviewers considered it their best book of the year, others found it just ho hum, some hated it, and than a few abandoned it after a few pages I decided to jump in because I love reading about food and wine and behind the scenes action at restaurants I figured I could DNF it if it proved no good.I was enthralled from the beginning A 22 year old lands a job at a high priced Union Square restaurant in NYC From a rube who has to tu [...]

    15. Stephanie Danler, a new comer to the literary scene, has a poet s flair for words The only unfortunate aspect of the novel is that the narrative is extraordinarily boring It revolves around a young woman named Tess who drives to New York City from America s heartland in order to make a life for herself She finds a shared apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and quickly gets a job at one of the top restaurants in Union Square think Union Cafe From there on, the reader is informed about the goings [...]

    16. I kept wanting to get to the part where I cared The book started out promising, but then just dissolved Much like the restaurant being condemned for its architecture , this book falls apart because it becomes a drunken drug filled morass.

    17. Sometimes when I m reading a novel I picture one of those kids toys that s basically a rectangular box with holes in it, and the toddler is meant to use a toy hammer to pound different shaped pegs into the holes This is a real toy, right I m not imagining it When I picture this toy it s usually bad news for the book, because the pegs are never all pounded in the way they re supposed to be They re sticking out all over, and no one has bothered to take the time to make everything fit together the [...]

    18. Appetite is not a symptom, It s a state of being, and like most, has its attendant moral consequences Sexy, racy, indulgent enlightening dive into life within a restaurant It felt authentic and raw, a full sensory gustatory experience for which reason, I recommend this book be read accompanied by a glass of wine With all the drinking, drugging, and embarrassing mistakes made by the protagonist, you will need it She bares her soul and the soul of the restaurant industry I have not had the pleasur [...]

    19. It s a coming of age story, not the one about all the realisations that come with entering your teens, but the painful and laborious one about becoming an adult, learning to look after yourself It s the year of your life you learn that you can t transform into someone you idolise through mimicry alone, and idiotically debasing yourself for love will get you nowhere worth going The protagonist is twenty two when she drives into New York Let s say I was born in late June of 2006 when I came over [...]

    20. I am not the kind of person who cheerfully serves people I discovered this when I worked my first secretarial job, which I like to think of as the piece of driftwood I clung to as I abandoned the sinking ship that is public education in Kansas After four years of grading papers, chaperoning dances, and once breaking up a girlfight, I was delighted to work in an office staffed with professional, sane adults Mostly my tasks involved answering the phone and moving papers around, but one day our off [...]

    21. You know how sometimes you can t stop hearing about some fabulous restaurant in town, that one you have to try and have to get reservations really far in advance if you don t want to go at 9 30 on a Wednesday night, that one with the famous chef who s really a white girl but makes amazing Spanish tapas and has changed the food scene forever And then maybe you go and it turns out it really does taste like food that was made in a gas station, and not in an edgy way but in a gas station way This is [...]

    22. Sweetbitter has bite Our heroine, Tess, moves from nowhere to New York, where her life is going to officially begin Yes, she s had a childhood and been to college, but none of that counts Nothing starts counting until she crosses the river and starts working at a restaurant downtown While she s there, she falls in love and obsession, she finds a life, and starts to find herself The writing is sharp, and the story is fierce and electric, like you have to read carefully or you might hurt yourself [...]

    23. I was invested in the beginning of this book, but quickly lost interest The characters didn t do anything for me I couldn t find any character growth, and the writing style was quite choppy fitting perhaps since the book is focused around food, I don t know I kept waiting for the moment that I would care about the characters, but I mostly felt like I spending time with people I didn t want to be around I was so disappointed in this novel.

    24. This book just wasn t for me Stephanie Danler shows promise as a writer this is her debut novel , but she s not a natural storyteller Sweetbitter has zero plot, and the characters were as thin as paper The protagonist, Tess, lands a job in an upscale restaurant in New York City, and that s pretty much the whole plot Sweetbitter was pretentious as hell Ugh Tess basically speaks in a bunch of random, confusing thoughts about herself, her job, and her bland co workers Big whoop I didn t feel connec [...]

    25. This novel about a young woman learning about life, love, and wine in New York City gave me the worst book hangover Tess moves from the Midwest to the city with no job and no money in her bank account and by sheer luck, gets a job at a posh foodie restaurant She quickly becomes tangled in the complex web of her co workers, but particularly Simone, the accomplished, worldly server who takes her on as a proteg , and Jake, the damaged bartender in a motorcycle jacket who Tess quickly falls for, des [...]

    26. This is one of those women figuring out their shit, making terrible decisions along the way, being totally naive books, which is 100% my jam Also there is much talk of wine, doomed love, anded I say I will review this book thoroughly, one day, maybe, I promise, but in case I don t the dialogue is on point and the end is predictably not happy and YES.

    27. This is a book about Tess who moves to New York City and starts working at a restaurant It s also a book about the backstage life of a well known and popular restaurant its hierarchy, its hectic everyday life and the love you ve got to have for its guests, its food and its wine Tess is an interesting 22 year old who is just finding her way in life, being all alone in NYC She handles things well, I think, with her directness and stubbornness, but she also makes some really bad choices that are al [...]

    28. AKA the Ratatouille of hip novels Spoiler Free Originally posted on Bitchy Fantasy wordpress posts bitchyfanI am writing this review while sipping on a glass of mid shelf wine I couldn t tell you anything about the grapes or soil I couldn t tell you about the flavor profile or notes It s a good wine, though, and the bottle has a hip label that attracts young women like myself who want to move away from the 5 dollar bottles of Shutter Home that fueled their college career I am drinking because wh [...]

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