The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen audiobook

The Glitch: A Novel

By Elisabeth Cohen
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio 9780385542784
12.61 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780525632863

A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut--The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life. Shelley Stone, wife, mother, and CEO of the tech company Conch, is committed to living her most efficient life. She takes her "me time" at 3:30 a.m. on the treadmill, power naps while waiting in line, schedules sex with her husband for when they are already changing clothes, and takes a men's multivitamin because she refuses to participate in her own oppression. But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the same exact scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Completely original, brainy, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Glitch introduces one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction and offers a riotous look into work, marriage, and motherhood in our absurd world.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice in Paperback Row

A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut--The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.

Shelley Stone, wife, mother, and CEO of the tech company Conch, is committed to living her most efficient life. She takes her "me time" at 3:30 a.m. on the treadmill, power naps while waiting in line, schedules sex with her husband for when they are already changing clothes, and takes a men's multivitamin because she refuses to participate in her own oppression.

But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the same exact scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Completely original, brainy, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Glitch introduces one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction and offers a riotous look into work, marriage, and motherhood in our absurd world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Shelley Stone is a genius comic creation and her story—one where she's struck by lightning, drives a potentially haunted car, and meets her doppelganger—is as madcap as it is fabulously relatable. She's a spreadsheet-crunching, yoga-practicing, flexitarian CEO over-achiever who is so utterly hilarious I couldn’t help but love her."
—Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen 
"Sometimes you read a book because it sounds really good, but then it turns out to be way, way more strange, original and thrilling than even claimed, and that’s what happened for me with Elisabeth Cohen's The Glitch."
—Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls 
—Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie 
As an updated version of Allison Pearson’s I Don't Know How She Does It for our hyperconnected tech age, this debut novel is funny and smart with an appealing, driven protagonist."
The Rumpus 
"An excellent send-up... Elisabeth Cohen’s debut novel, The Glitch, does a marvelous job of questioning what women have to gain from the effort to 'lean in.'"
[A] painfully funny satire of the tech industry. In Shelley Stone, Cohen has created an aggressively unlikable yet captivating and entertaining heroine… Clever, original, and unabashedly silly fun.   Kirkus (Starred Review)
—Lynnanne Pearson, Library Journal
Elisabeth Cohen has given us one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction. Shelley Stone is a workaholic CEO who is 'leaning in' so far she might just be losing her mind. This debut is a smart and delirious ride through a world of TED Talks, tech startups and efficiency junkies. I tore through The Glitch with delight!"
The Glitch takes a hard look at the definition of work-life balance. Through hilarious antics and sensational story lines, Elisabeth Cohen encourages readers to slow down, take a breath and consider the perspective of a younger you. Would that person think you are living your best life?"
—Stephanie Danler, The New York Times Book Review
An ambitious and entertaining novel that centers on Shelley Stone, the chief executive of a fictional company… Cohen is a shrewd writer."
—Lincee Ray, The Washington Post
The Glitch is so many things—corporate satire, techno thriller, poignant family drama, and hilarious portrait of a woman on the edge."
—Mackenzie Dawson, The New York Post
"The Glitch is so many things…corporate satire, techno thriller, poignant family drama, and hilarious portrait of a woman on the edge.” Entertainment Weekly
Razor-sharp…a hilarious send-up of tech culture and the notion of women 'having it all.'"
—Eliza Kennedy, Entertainment Weekly
“An excellent send-up…The Glitch does a marvelous job of questioning what women have to gain from the effort to ‘lean in.’" The Rumpus

Reviews

Reviews

by Heather 6/28/2018
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Type A, perfectionist with no off switch

The very beginning of the book rubbed me the wrong way when both perfectionist Shelly Stone and her husband wouldn't get off their "important CEO phone calls" to search for their lost daughter. It progressively got worse when Shelly couldn't turn off her incessant need take up every minute in the day with some kind of professional growth. Shelly's competitiveness, aversion to home/family life, and single-minded drive to succeed at all costs just did not sit well with me and was impossible to relate to.

Author

Author Bio: Elisabeth Cohen

Author Bio: Elisabeth Cohen

Elisabeth Cohen majored in comparative literature at Princeton and her work has appeared in Conjunctions, the Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, McSweeney’s Online, and the Millions. She has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and an MLS in library science from the University of Maryland. She worked as a librarian before her current career as a technical writer. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 12.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English