The Operator


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$27.99  $25.75
William Morrow & Company
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel.


"I finished reading The Operator in an unstoppable rush and it was every bit as glorious, gossipy, delicious, and perfect as I'd hoped. Absolutely heaven!"--Jill Mansell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Maybe This Time
"With great humor and insight, The Operator by Gretchen Berg delivers a vivid look inside the heads and hearts of a group of housewives and pokes at the absurdities of 1950s America, a simpler time that was far from simple. Think 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' in the suburbs -- with delicious turns of jealousy, infidelity, bigotry, and embezzlement thrown in for good measure. The Operator is irresistible!"--Kathryn Stockett, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Help
"Berg's storytelling is warm, sympathetic and witty. . . . There are more than enough quotable lines to fill a couple of reviews."--Kirkus Reviews
"[W]hat began as an unassuming story about life in a small town turns into an exploration of identity and family in 1950s Ohio. . . . highlights the diversity of life experiences often overlooked in recollections of the time. This original look at Midwestern life is recommended."--Historical Novel Society
"A perfect evocation of small town America, complete with all its bitchy rivalry, petty snobberies, secret affairs and a few seismic scandals."--Sunday Mirror
"The Operator is a fun, light and intriguing story, [with] several edge-of-your-seat moments . . . Berg does succeed at making the reader want to keep turning the pages to find out Vivian's big secret - as well as the consequences when all is revealed."--Associated Press
"A compelling debut novel."--Minneapolis Star Tribune