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The Operator: 'Great humour and insight . . . Irresistible!' KATHRYN STOCKETT Hardcover – 10 March 2020

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'Just finished 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

'What if you could listen in on any phone conversation in town? 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

'Funny, sweet, secretive, and full of fascinating 1930s, 40s, and 50s period details, The Operator is a poignant look at life in a small town with its nosy neighbors, thorny families, imperfect romances, scandalous pasts, and gratifyingly just deserts. Nothing is as simple - nor as dreadful - as it seems'Laurie Frankel

'Funny and fast-paced, this intriguing tale of loose lips sinking relationships will make you wistful for days gone by' Heat

This cleverly-crafted debut is a fabulous exercise in nostalgia that even comes with recipes for home baking. ― Sunday Mirror

'In this well-plotted comic drama of small-town life, Berg combines the technicolour gloss of a Cary Grant film with the humdrum humour of Garrison Keillor. She keeps the surprises coming right until the end.' ― Daily Mail

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Gretchen Berg grew up in the US Midwest and now lives in Chicago. She has always been curious about history and families, and has a personal family tree of over 16,000 people. Her family research started with her own grandmother's little brown notebook full of details, and it was the story of her grandmother - herself a switchboard operator in Wooster, Ohio, in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s - that inspired THE OPERATOR.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Headline Review; 1st edition (10 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 147226410X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1472264107
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
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Gretchen spent many years working in the fields of education and travel. Her parents had always encouraged her to write, but she waited until she heard “you are a writer&quot; from more trustworthy advisors: a London psychic, and a taxicab driver in Athens, Greece. The taxicab driver also said they had been lovers in a previous life.

After finishing a humorous memoir in 2010 she ventured into the field of genealogy, and compiled narratives and research reports for clients, while also working on her family's history. It was during her family research that she came across an interesting bit that then became her debut novel, The Operator.

Visit her website at http://www.GretchenBergBooks.com

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