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  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

A romantic view of food service

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-17

If you could sum up Sweetbitter in three words, what would they be?

Romanized food service

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sassy Russian waiter, he had the best realist lines

What about Alex McKenna’s performance did you like?

I loved the narrators reading of the different characters

Any additional comments?

I'm someone who worked and lived in NYC in food service for over 10 years, so I enjoyed the pretty decently real description of the drama & comradery of working for a restaurant. It did feel like a book written for people who have never been in service though, it was less real than say sassy gay waiter or kitchen confidential. This was more lovesick and romantic youthful drama. But I did enjoy it.

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