The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen audiobook

The Glitch: A Novel

By Elisabeth Cohen
Read by Cassandra Campbell

12.61 Hours 05/22/2018 Unabridged
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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 might be a little overwhelmed. She runs the company Conch, the manufacturer of a small wearable device that attaches to the user's ear and whispers helpful advice and prompts. She's married with two small children, Nova and Blazer, both of whom are learning Mandarin. She employs a cook, a nanny, a driver, and an assistant, she sets an alarm for 2AM conference calls, and occasionally takes a standing nap while waiting in line when she's really exhausted. Shelley takes Dramamine so she can work in the car; allows herself ten almonds when hungry; swallows Ativan to stave off the panic attacks; and makes notes in her day planner to "practice being happy and relatable." But when Shelley meets a young woman named Shelley Stone who has the exact same scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is some sort of corporate espionage afoot? Has she discovered a hole in the space-time continuum? Or is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Introducing one of the most memorable and singular characters in recent fiction, The Glitch is a completely original, brainy, laugh-out-loud story of work, marriage, and motherhood for our times.

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Summary

Summary

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 might be a little overwhelmed. She runs the company Conch, the manufacturer of a small wearable device that attaches to the user's ear and whispers helpful advice and prompts. She's married with two small children, Nova and Blazer, both of whom are learning Mandarin. She employs a cook, a nanny, a driver, and an assistant, she sets an alarm for 2AM conference calls, and occasionally takes a standing nap while waiting in line when she's really exhausted. Shelley takes Dramamine so she can work in the car; allows herself ten almonds when hungry; swallows Ativan to stave off the panic attacks; and makes notes in her day planner to "practice being happy and relatable." But when Shelley meets a young woman named Shelley Stone who has the exact same scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is some sort of corporate espionage afoot? Has she discovered a hole in the space-time continuum? Or is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Introducing one of the most memorable and singular characters in recent fiction, The Glitch is a completely original, brainy, laugh-out-loud story of work, marriage, and motherhood for our times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

—Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie 
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."
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."
—Lynnanne Pearson, Library Journal
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)
—Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls 
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!"
—Lincee Ray, The Washington Post
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
The Glitch is so many things—corporate satire, techno thriller, poignant family drama, and hilarious portrait of a woman on the edge."
—Eliza Kennedy, Entertainment Weekly
—Mackenzie Dawson, The New York Post
Razor-sharp…a hilarious send-up of tech culture and the notion of women 'having it all.'"
An ambitious and entertaining novel that centers on Shelley Stone, the chief executive of a fictional company… Cohen is a shrewd writer."

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

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