Sweetbitter

Sweetbitter

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, seductive world of a famous New York City 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 debut. 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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2016, p2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780399566318
Characteristics: 1 online resource (12 hr., 24 min.)
Additional Contributors: McKenna, Alex
Books on Tape, Inc

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JCLMELODYK Sep 28, 2016

This is one of those audiobooks that is so good you invent lunch time errands so you can drive around listening. Alex McKenna is an excellent voice actor. I think back to the young me and I just wanted to get Tess out of there fast but I she had to find out for herself.

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maipenrai
Aug 08, 2016

I wanted to like this book, but I never bonded with the protagonist nor anyone else in the novel. If you don't care what happens to anyone in a story, you should probably give up. I stuck with the book to the bitter end, foolish optimist that I am. I don't think my dislike of the book was based on the age difference, as I read many books involving young people. I only saw self-involved, drug / alcohol users who seemed to learn nothing better in the story than how to fold napkins. I always wonder at the end of a book like this what the purpose of the author was... Usually someone finds enlightenment / self-discovery / meaningful relationships.... something that demonstrates why a book is written. Could find none of the above. Terrible, self-indulgent waste of time. Bookwoman & AbbyTabby

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