This is our first #FridayReads post Memorial Day so we will be transitioning to fun, weekend-y, lake, poolside, read it in one sitting summer reads. Now they won’t all be potboilers, romance novels or *shudder* at the term “chick-lit” in fact most of them are going to be pretty intense emotional reads but we promise they will grip you. Our first choice? Probably one you haven’t missed because it is blowing up. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.
A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, seductive world of a famous New York City restaurant.
Called a stunning debut novel with a lot of hubub (you know, the usual Vogue articles, hand ringing over the book advance price, snide insulting commentary that seem to always plague women writers on the sliding scale of literary recognition & looks) but we can’t say we are all that stunned. Our co-founder Julie actually went to highschool with Stephanie. No shit right? (No they haven’t really been in touch). But even 15 years ago Stephanie made clear her love of literature and if anyone was going to come out of that high school class having written the great American it was going to be her. And low and behold she did it.
Sweetbitter is not only the novel of the summer but stands to be the kind of great American novel that belong to women (no offense to the Melville’s and Hawthorne’s honest). And it is a beautiful gripping read set in the New York restaurant world that will appeal to anyone, but particularly to women finding themselves and those that understand the luminous appeal of coming to a big overwhelming city alone and becoming oneself in the process. And yes the New York Times says it is brilliantly written.