There’s been nothing ‘sweetbitter’ about Stephanie Danler’s meteoric career.
After penning a best-selling debut novel, Sweetbitter, the book has now been turned in a stunning TV series of the same name – and Stephanie has been a part of the journey every step of the way.
The book follows Tess, a young woman who ups and leaves her small town in the middle of the night, headed for New York City, where she finds herself working at an upscale restaurant.
There are a lot of similarities between Tess and the author.
At 22, Stephanie also packed up and moved to New York City, where she too found herself working in an upscale restaurant.
But there are a lot more differences.
“It’s not at all my life. I had a very different experience – especially a very different experience being 22 – but it is authentic to a life that I know very well. Everything in it feels very true to me, but not everything happened to me,” she tells Mamamia.
Stephanie, 35, says the main inspiration for her story came from what she saw in the restaurant industry versus what people actually thought went on.