PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewThe tonal spectrum of this novel is narrow, but deep, running from desperate optimism to despair and back again, all set in the gory mundanity of an office ... It’s not that Millie’s delusional; her dejection is depressingly realistic.
MixedThe New York Times Book ReviewSophia of Silicon Valley is a moving ode ... The problem is, Yen plays it safe ... What’s lacking is any sort of critique of a culture that we know to be rife with bias (unconscious and otherwise), to say nothing of gross misconduct. Sexist, racist comments fly by our heroine without her giving so much as a glance in their direction ... And without a sense of what she wants (or, at least, doesn’t want), we’re left with a book that can be delightful, but ultimately only skims the surface.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewElisabeth Cohen brings us The Glitch, an ambitious and entertaining novel that centers on Shelley Stone ... the protagonist is one of those women who routinely advise us that we, too, can \'have it all\' ... Cohen is a shrewd writer; her take on Shelley’s life is slightly tongue-in-cheek, though the first-person narrative is never mocking ... The \'glitch\' in Shelley’s impeccably calibrated system is the unexpected appearance of a young woman who claims to be the younger Shelley. That irrational encounter precipitates the narrator’s steady unraveling and final confrontation with what I can only call the absurd. But what is the \'glitch,\' really, for the rest of us? It’s a question of work, and what it costs women to do it.