Elisabeth Cohen

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The Glitch

book | Fiction | Apr 2018
US & Canada → Doubleday (Ed. Jennifer Jackson)

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? 


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Clever, original, and unabashedly silly fun.

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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

Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie

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!

Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls

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