Oneworld has signed a debut novel set in the behind-the-scenes world of New York's restaurants.
Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler, follows Tess, who arrives in New York and soon finds herself working at one the city's landmark restaurants. While learning to enjoy the food and other substances available, she becomes drawn in to the darker elements of New York life.
Editorial director Rosalind Porter signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Sylvie Rosokoff at Trident Media Group.
Porter said: "Having worked in many restaurants myself, Stephanie’s depiction of the various stresses, pleasures, petty hierarchies and myriad love triangles which form the heart of restaurant work is uncanny, as is her ability to take the oft-told tale of a young person coming to the big city and make it completely new. Blending the raw emotional power of Rachel Cusk and Jenny Offill, the bright lights and big city of early Jay McInerney and the restaurant insider’s lens of Anthony Bourdain, I couldn’t believe this was a first novel."
Sweetbitter will be published in spring 2016.