Debut author Merritt Tierce’s manuscript blazed its way around the office last year, with everyone anxious to read and discuss it. It was a double honor to have her first speech to promote her novel be to an audience of librarians, the most passionate and supportive a group an author could ever ask for.[youtube aZynNVcJYL8&list=UU6aKZJ5BobqgmxQGLVBlVZw]
From “5 Under 35” honoree and Rona Jaffe Award-winner comes an urgent, intensely visceral novel about a young waitress whose downward spiral is narrated in electric prose.
Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses.