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Sweetbitter (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage…
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Sweetbitter (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) (edição 2018)

por Stephanie Danler (Autor)

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"A lush, thrilling debut--a publishing event already the subject of an article in The New York Times--about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. "Let's say I was born when I came over the George Washington Bridge ..." This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the 22-year-old at the heart of this stunning debut. Shot like a bullet from a mundane past, she's come to New York to escape the provincial, to take on her destiny. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a "backwaiter," on and off duty. Her appetites are awakened, for food, wine, knowledge and experience; and she's pulled into the thrall of two other servers--a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual, and overpowering. These two will prove to be Tess's hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story about discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment"--… (mais)
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Título:Sweetbitter (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries)
Autores:Stephanie Danler (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2018), Edition: Media Tie In, 368 pages
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Having read true stories about waiters in New York restaurants, this fiction book actually reads like a non-fiction. That doesn't mean it's any good. I kept waiting for the main character to grow up, but I felt like just as she was making the jump to adulthood, the story ended without resolution. I have a hard time believing that all the pettiness, drugs, & drinking is how people in the food industry the world over act. At least I was able to finish it, but I'm still waiting for an ending. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
This is a sexy book about a young woman who moves to New York City and gets hired at an upscale restaurant, left to navigate its politics, romance, drugs, and alcohol at the ripe age of twenty-two. At times it felt plotless, and the secondary characters ran together, but Danler's sentences are rich with intention. I'm looking forward to her forthcoming memoir, "Stray." ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
I loved the Union Square Cafe, and love New York, and thought I would love this book, but unfortunately there were just too many drugs and drinks and dysfunctional relationships and not enough about how the restaurant actually works. And while I guess I can't fault a profound lack of self-awareness in a 22 year old, it was still difficult to fathom. I've read that her second book explains more of her back story - dysfunctional family, etc - and, since I did enjoy her writing, I will probably read it. ( )
  bobbieharv | Dec 4, 2020 |
Clever and fresh approach to the "coming of age" in NYC novel. Tess flees her midwestern town for the Big Apple, upon her college graduation with no real plan or skill set other than a stint in a coffee house. She gets a room in the apt. of a friend of a friend in Brooklyn, and by a small miracle, lands a job at a fancy Manhattan restaurant (she is a 51-percenter- meaning she has an unquantifiable quality that her hiring boss sees as potential, despite not having the requisite skills. Here she meets a whole world of people: Howard, the quirky manager who hires her; Sasha, a gay Russian immigrant; Will, the boy-next-door type, Ariel, initially a 'mean girl' who warms to Tess; Simone, a sophisticated head waiter whose knowledge of food and wine is encyclopedic, but also visceral; and Jake, the quintessential bad-boy bartender. They become a surrogate family but also come with the toxicity of family. Of course Tess falls for Jake, but he has some weird connection to Simone from childhood days and Simone is not someone to cross. Tess also has a weird crush on Simone and wants to please her, but also has a hero-worship vibe going. Simone sees Tess's eagerness to learn and exploits that to some extent. What is fascinating is the high-stakes stressful pecking order of service life in an upscale restaurant where the customers are "guests" and the protocol for service is multi-layered and complex. Tess starts as a trial period and must earn her "stripes" (the striped shirt that staff wears) and after much anguish and hard work gets a position as backwaiter (water glass filler, table setter, food deliverer). Tess wants the full NYC experience and gets it: drugs, sex, all night binges, the struggle for a paycheck. Her determination to live a life fully tasted is admirable, if some of her choices and the way she goes about it is not always the smartest. Ultimately she must decide her own worth, not framed by Simone or Jake or Howard. Some great food analogies and explications that add a layer of literary value to the book - it is a well-written tale. It is also a new STARZ series which is pretty well done, though clearly it will milk the book - already presenting 2 seasons - with some artistic license. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
This is not a book I would have chosen on my own, a neighbor lent it to me almost 2 years ago but I was always too embarrassed to return it without reading it - I'm glad I did - it was like re-visiting so much of my younger self and made me realize how happy I am not to be living like that now and grateful to have survived - I wish I could have advised the protagonist that it is okay to sleep with the bartender but to always keep in mind, that they are generally just whores who serve drinks.
4 out 5 stars (minus 1 star for all the pretentious wine talk). ( )
  viviennestrauss | Sep 10, 2020 |
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This debut is a quintessential coming-of-age story set in a remorseless, unusual city. Time and place are superbly established: the setting is the behind-the-scenes milieu of a celebrated restaurant in 2006 Manhattan. Propelled by "unbridled, unfocused desire" but still essentially naive, 22-year-old Tess has fled an empty life in the Midwest and landed a coveted job as a server in a restaurant that strongly resembles the famous Union Square Café. At first crushingly lonely and exhausted by the arduous routine, Tess is mentored by longtime senior server Simone. Despite warnings to avoid falling for bartender Jake, and willfully blind to the strange relationship between Jake and Simone, Tess begins a passionate affair with him. Meanwhile, she becomes an accepted member of a select society of overworked, terminally tense and bone-tired wait staff. Danler writes about food with sensory gusto as Tess learns how to distinguish the fine points of every wine, how to identify an heirloom tomato or oyster, how to shave a truffle. Tess also learns how to get seriously drunk and snort lines of coke. Early on, she defines the foods and condiments that are sweet and those that are bitter—and her relationships with Simone and Jake are ultimately just that: a sweet time of consummate happiness followed by bitter betrayal. Throughout, Danler evokes Tess's voice—intimate, confiding, wonderstruck, depressed—with deft skill.
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"A lush, thrilling debut--a publishing event already the subject of an article in The New York Times--about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. "Let's say I was born when I came over the George Washington Bridge ..." This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the 22-year-old at the heart of this stunning debut. Shot like a bullet from a mundane past, she's come to New York to escape the provincial, to take on her destiny. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a "backwaiter," on and off duty. Her appetites are awakened, for food, wine, knowledge and experience; and she's pulled into the thrall of two other servers--a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual, and overpowering. These two will prove to be Tess's hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story about discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment"--

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