The glitch : a novel / by Elisabeth Cohen.

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      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"-- Provided by publisher.
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      COHEN, E. The glitch : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Doubleday, 2018. ISBN 9780385542784. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 fev. 2020.
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      Cohen E. The Glitch : A Novel. First edition. Doubleday; 2018. Accessed February 23, 2020.
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      Cohen, E. (2018). The glitch : a novel (First edition.). Doubleday.
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      Cohen, Elisabeth. 2018. The Glitch : A Novel. First edition. Doubleday.
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      Cohen, E. (2018) The glitch : a novel. First edition. Doubleday. Available at: (Accessed: 23 February 2020).
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      Cohen, E 2018, The glitch : a novel, First edition., Doubleday, viewed 23 February 2020, .
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      Cohen, Elisabeth. The Glitch : A Novel. First edition., Doubleday, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cohen, Elisabeth. The Glitch : A Novel. First edition. Doubleday, 2018.
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      Cohen E. The glitch : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Doubleday; 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 23]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2

Shelley Stone is a force of nature in the world of wearable tech. She has worked hard to get to CEO, and everything in her life is just as she likes it—two children (one carried by a "gestational carrier"), "me time" at 3 a.m., regularly scheduled sex, vacations in France (working vacations, natch). It could be said that it was a force of nature that made her the person she is today: she was struck by lightning as a young woman. She credits this one-in-a-million event with her success. But as the twentieth anniversary of the lightning strike approaches, strange things begin to happen. Her four-year-old daughter goes missing and is "found" by a stranger who seems to have an agenda. Then a young woman appears who is the spitting image of herself before the strike, who may even be a young Shelley. Is she having a breakdown? Is she being blackmailed? Is she really living the life she wants? Part techno-thriller, part techno-satire, Cohen's debut is a funny, engaging read. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 April #2

Shelley Stone is the CEO of Conch, a tech company that makes wearable personal assistants (think Alexa crossed with Bluetooth). She's very committed to her job and never loses an opportunity to work, having perfected the art of time management and efficiency. She is also a mother of two and married to the similarly driven Rafe. While vacationing in France, Shelley and Rafe lose sight of their young daughter Nova—they both were on business calls when Nova wandered away. Before they descend into full-blown panic, a stranger calls. He has found Nova and can return her to them. This event starts a string of unexpected glitches in Shelley's well-organized life. As she faces increased pressure at work, Rafe questions their demanding lifestyle and proposes dramatic changes. To top it all off, Shelley encounters what appears to be a younger version of herself. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/17.]—Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 March #4

In her witty debut, Cohen follows Shelley Stone, a high-powered, perfect-on-paper lightning-strike survivor and married mother of two whose life gets a bug in it. The CEO of Conch, which developed a behind-the-ear personal assistant, is the perfect corporate shill, calculating, artificial, and always on message, even when things start going wrong. Her four-year-old disappears from the beach while she and her husband take business calls; when she bizarrely meets someone who seems to be her 20-years-younger self, she advises young Shelley to take more coding classes but never mentions the lightning to come. When the media reports that a man killed himself because his Conch nagged him into it, her approach remains transactional. She's on point whether she's working toward a corporate merger or in marriage and motherhood, even as her husband begins suggesting a more balanced approach. Cohen's novel premise and lead character—so incredibly well-drawn in her singlemindedness—are almost enough to sustain the story. But as the glitches in Shelley's life begin to pile up, the author loses control of the narrative. By the time she wrests it back, the reader may wonder if a reboot along the way might have worked better. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.