The Glitch

The Glitch

A Novel

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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385542784
038554278X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cohen Elisabet 05/2018
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,22 cm

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EricaReynolds
Jul 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I agree with another review, that obviously, if my child was lost, I would drop everything and search for her immediately, rather than trying to carry on my business call while looking for said child, but I am not Shelley Stone. Thankfully.

In the end, I thought it was an amusing, over-the-top, often hilarious book about the life of a super type A CEO in Silicon Valley and how we craft the stories that define us, and it was not without glimmers of hope. Although I had some quibbles with some of the plot, I enjoyed it a lot and felt the ending was satisfying. I recommend it as a good beach read.

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Bookbybook
Jun 20, 2018

Couldn't get past the first few pages. I didn't see how the lead character's actions could be redeemed. It's one thing to lose track of a child for a minute and then realize that child has gone missing. It's entirely another to metaphorically shrug your shoulders and continue doing what you're doing instead of immediately trying to locate the child. I felt sick to my stomach and shut the book.

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