The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
by Elisabeth Cohen
Doubleday (May 22, 2018)
Advance copy provided by publisher
When I started reading The Glitch, I immediately thought that if someone decided to do a skit on Saturday Night Live (and this may have already happened but I'm usually too tired to stay up and watch) that was based around a parody of Sheryl Sandberg, Elisabeth Cohen's debut would provide the perfect script.
In this laugh-out-loud satire about a woman who is a CEO in the tech industry ("wearables"), Shelley Stone is a married mother of two (and fully acknowledges how thankful and fortunate she is for live-in childcare assistance) who seems to think she's balancing her life well; that is, until she is stumped by a young woman who appears to have striking similarities to the way Shelley was before the life-altering event that has caused her to become so focused and determined.
In addition to the undeniable humor and wit, I love that Cohen pokes fun at this notion of "having it all, " a la Sandberg's Lean In days, and Shelley Stone fully believes, during the early chapters of the novel, that she is fully engaged in all facets of her life; however, she slowly begins to realize and dolefully acknowledge that she's been absent in many ways.
In terms of its wit, satire and comedy, I would definitely recommend The Glitch to fans of novels like Crazy Rich Asians and The Nest; Shelley has some interesting quirks which also reminded me of The Rosie Project. You'll fly through this one and it has a thoughtful message; an extremely fun summer debut!