Friday, July 1, 2016


Danler, Stephanie. Sweetbitter. 10 CDs. unabridged. 12.5 hrs. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780399566301. 

Debut novelist, Stephanie Danler, minces no words in this lushly described coming of age novel. Set in a New York restaurant, Tess finds out first hand what it means to come alive; be it with food, wine, cocaine, or the stunningly attractive bartender. Determined to fully immerse herself in New York culture, Tess dives in and soaks up her new job and surroundings. She desires to belong and to learn everything, nothing is off limits, even if it means she is in an awkward love triangle with her mentor and the bad boy bartender. Vividly described, this novel brings all the senses to life, listeners will feel as if they are actually eating in a posh NYC restaurant or sipping expensive wine. Alex McKenna's young throaty narration really brings the Tess' young naive character to life and articulates the hustle and bustle of busy kitchen action to a T. A must read for gastronomes, New York City lovers, and fans of coming of age novels. A stunning debut. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

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