Be on the look out for Sweetbitter, out May 24th!
These are the words that open Stephanie Danler’s extraordinary debut novel, Sweetbitter, introducing readers to Tess, the book’s twenty-two-year-old narrator: “You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.” A lush novel of the senses—of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire— Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the transformation and wisdom that come from our experiences, sweet and bitter.
“A book that’ll stay glued to your hands as you race through the pages in one sitting.”—Elle
Peter Gethers, President, Random House Studios, and Senior Vice President, Editor at Large, was an early reader of the Sweetbitter manuscript, and told The New York Times, “Within 10 pages, I was going, oh my God, this woman is an extraordinary talent. One doesn’t see a lot of first novels like this, or any novels like this … The way she writes about food, you can actually taste it.”