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Acclaimed novel Sweetbitter ordered to series by Starz

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Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter has officially been given a series order by Starz, announced the network on Wednesday.

The story follows 22-year-old Tess as she moves to New York and lands a job at a high-profile restaurant in Manhattan and is quickly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, and general New York debauchery. Danler has already written the first episode of the six half-hour episodes of the drama and will serve as an executive producer, joined by Stu Zicherman (The Americans) and Plan B Entertainment as executive producers.

“This has been a thrilling ride, and I can’t wait for everyone to see how we expanded the world and characters beyond the book,” said Danler, “I’ve been working with the most brilliant and generous people, and am extremely grateful.”

The show was initially announced to be in development back in July, though there is still no word yet on casting.

“Stephanie, Stu, and Plan B have found an exciting way to translate the celebration of senses depicted in the book to the screen, and along the way, will post a love letter to New York City,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “We look forward to announcing our Tess, Jake, Simone, and Howard soon.”

Donna Bloom will serve as producer on the six-episode season and Laura Rosenthal is in charge of casting.

Check out EW’s review for the 2016 bestseller here.