‘Sweetbitter’ is an enthralling novel about a year in the life of a wonderfully individual young woman living in New York.
Twenty-two year old, Tess manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a Manhattan restaurant. As we are taken through her chaotic but marvellous life she has chosen, we see how her education on wines, drugs and love is expanded dramatically. She becomes undeniably fond of the tattooed bartender, Jake, against her coworkers’ advice, which will come to be her most electrifying but agonising lesson of all.
This book was a roller-coaster of a novel! So many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ I couldn’t sit straight but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tess is a beautiful character, naive in many ways but the novel develops this quickly and she becomes more of a prominent persona which is a lovely transition. It’s almost like a ‘coming of age’ novel in this respect, but obviously, she’s not a teenager so things are rather different.
Danler has a fantastic way of writing that drives me crazy because I just wanted to devour her book in one sitting! I only ever put it aside to make tea, and then I was right back in Tess’ world again.
Wonderful novel. Highly recommended for all fans and lovers of contemporary fiction featuring general drama and romance.