The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

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The Glitch
by Elisabeth Cohen
368 pages
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.

I take my daughter to school myself. People are always surprised by this, that I do that. You know, some things are important and those are the things I make time for. I can’t drive the car myself, of course, because I have calls or I’m on my laptop, but I put my daughter in the car with me and I nudge her with my shoe when she gets too loud.

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. 

I had thought adulthood would be a series of viscerally felt triumphs, like the moment when a plane lifts off, and the stresses of our lives merely gnats in the turbines, but stress had turned out to be the airstream in which we flew.

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! 

 

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