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A compelling debut novel.--Minneapolis Star Tribune

A perfect evocation of small town America, complete with all its bitchy rivalry, petty snobberies, secret affairs and a few seismic scandals.--Sunday Mirror

Berg's debut novel captures the plucky spirit of a 1950's telephone operator, the charm of a Midwest small town, and the secrets that threaten to change both of them forever . . . . Fans of Fannie Flagg or Katerina Bivald's The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend will soak up the small town flavor.--Booklist

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

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 (UK)

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

"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

"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

"[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

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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins - US; Large type / Large print edition (23 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062978942
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062978943
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.74 x 22.86 cm
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