Ground up

Ground up

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Abandoning their unfulfilling careers to create what they hope will be a perfect Viennese coffeehouse on New York's lower east side, intellectuals Mark and Nina find their attitudes and questionable common sense resulting in a haphazard downward spiral that strips them of everything they once counted on. Original. A first novel.

McMillan Palgrave

Light streams through the windows as the espresso machine roars; a gorgeous, rich scent fills the air; and witty conversation unspools over the porcelain cups.

That's the café dream. Mark and Nina are about to experience the reality. Determined to re-create the perfect Viennese coffeehouse, they descend on New York's gritty but hip Lower East Side to educate the locals on authentic café culture. Soon Mark and Nina are in a downward spiral that will strip them of money, friends, sex life, status, shelter, and, finally, sanity—and offer salvation through something they have never experienced: disaster.

Inspired by the author's own coffeehouse hell, Ground Up is a sharp and funny portrait of a New York constantly reinventing itself, and a surprisingly tender story of falling out of love and back in it again.



Blackwell North Amer
Light streams through the windows as the espresso machine roars; a gorgeous, rich scent fills the air; and witty conversation unspools over the porcelain cups.
That's the cafe dream. Mark and Nina are about to experience the reality. Determined to re-create the perfect Viennese coffeehouse, they descend on New York's gritty but hip Lower East Side to educate the locals on authentic cafe culture. Soon Mark and Nina are in a downward spiral that will strip them of money, friends, sex life, status, shelter, and, finally, sanity - and offer salvation through something they have never experienced: disaster.
Inspired by the author's own coffeehouse hell, Ground Up is a sharp and funny portrait of a New York constantly reinventing itself, and a surprisingly tender story of falling out of love and back in it again.

Baker
& Taylor

Mark and Nina descend on New York to educate the locals on authentic cafe culture. What follows is a brutal and hilarious downward spiral that will strip them of money, friends, and finally, sanity--and offer salvation through something they had never experienced: failure.
Abandoning their careers to create what they hope will be a perfect Viennese coffeehouse on New York's lower East Side, Mark and Nina find themselves in a financial downward spiral that strips them of everything they once counted on.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374531546
0374531544
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 21 cm

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