Stephanie Danler - Sweetbitter
Now in paperback, Danler’s sharp and engaging first novel tells the story of twenty-two-year-old Tess, who leaves her small hometown to seek her fortune in New York City. She lands a job at “the best restaurant” in town, but starts at the bottom. The work is grueling, but she learns more about oysters, Champagne, and the business of fine dining than she ever thought possible. Danler herself has worked in restaurants, and she also has an MFA from the New School. From the kitchen staff to the menu, the sommelier to the guests, every detail rings sure and true.