by Stephanie Danler
This lighter-than-most coming of age story combines life experience with the allure of New York City and food - two topics that will have you salivating over this charming novel. When well-to-do Tess comes to Manhattan and takes a job as a ‘backwaiter’, we ride along as she navigates her newly-chosen tumultuous life, studded with hard-learned lessons, love triangles, oysters, cocaine, champagne, friendship, and pain. Complex and relatable, Sweetbitter
has just the right amount of drama for poolside reading.