The Operator




      The Operator
A clever, surprising, and ultimately moving debut novel, set in a small Midwestern town in the early 1950s, about a nosy switchboard operator who overhears gossip involving her own family, and the unraveling that discovery sets into motion.In a small town, everyone knows everyone else s business.Nobody knows the people of Wooster, Ohio, better than switchboard operator Vivian Dalton, and she d be the first to tell you that She calls it intuition Her teenage daughter, Charlotte, calls it eavesdropping.Vivian and the other women who work at Bell on East Liberty Street connect lines and lives They aren t supposed to listen in on conversations, but they do, and they all have opinions on what they hear especially Vivian She knows that Mrs Butler s ungrateful daughter, Maxine, still hasn t thanked her mother for the quilt she made, and that Ginny Frazier turned down yet another invitation to go to the AW with Clyde Walsh.Then, one cold December night, Vivian listens in on a call between that snob Betty Miller and someone whose voice she can t quite place and hears something shocking Betty Miller s mystery friend has news that, if true, will shatter Vivian s tidy life in Wooster, humiliating her and making her the laughingstock of the town.Vivian may be mortified, but she isn t going to take this lying down She s going to get to the bottom of that rumor get into it, get under it, poke around in the corners Find every last bit Vivian wants the truth, no matter how painful it may be.But as Vivian is about to be reminded, in a small town like Wooster, one secret usually leads to another Best Download Kindle ePUB The Operator by Gretchen Berg – bluevapours.co.uk

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 fromtrustworthy 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Operator
  • Gretchen Berg
  • 20 April 2017
  • 0062917188

10 thoughts on “ The Operator

  1. Melissa Rochelle says:

    Lesson learned Eavesdropping and gossiping will only get you into trouble and karma is a b tch.

  2. EB Fitzsimons says:

    The writing was cliched and sloppy, the characters dull and unlikeable, and there are recipes Is this a cozy It should be marketed as one If the whole thing had been about Flora Parks I might have been interested.

  3. Creager says:

    Excuse me while I yell my exuberance at you, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY TIME SPENT READING THIS NOVEL SET IN THE 1950s Whew Vivian Dalton, a mother with middle child syndrome, has a fondness for listening into conversations Thankfully, she finds the perfect worst job as a telephone operator Until the wrong right conversation spurs on shenanigans A drunken Santa, a bank robbery, and Orson Welles broadcast of The War of the Worlds its all here in this character driven novel, that you Excuse me while I yell my exuberance at you, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY TIME SPENT READING THIS NOVEL SET IN THE 1950s Whew Vivian Dalton, a mother with middle child syndrome, has a fondn...

  4. Angela McVay says:

    I just could not maintain an interest in this one I was sure this would be the perfect light read that I needed after reading a few heavy topics recently My disinterest wasn t related to the author s writing style as I just couldn t immerse myself into the topic Thank you Harper Co...

  5. Rachel says:

    The Operator by Gretchen Berg is a hilarious, snarky, quick paced literary treat This is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1950s in small town Wooster, Ohio and involves, amongst many supporting characters within the small town, Vivian and Betty Both women are not particularly likable characters, and it is totally ironic that while both are rivals and dislike each other, they arealike then they will ever realize Both Vivian and Betty are insecure, gossipers that look down on The Operator by Gretchen Berg is a hilarious, snarky, quick paced literary treat This is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1950s in small town Wooster, Ohio and involves, amongst ...

  6. Rachel says:

    The Operator by Gretchen Berg is a hilarious, snarky, quick paced literary treat This is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1950s in small town Wooster, Ohio and involves, amongst many supporting characters within the small town, Vivian and Betty Both women are not particularly likable characters, and it is totally ironic that while both are rivals and dislike each other, they arealike then they will ever realize Both Vivian and Betty are insecure, gossipers that look down on The Operator by Gretchen Berg is a hilarious, snarky, quick paced literary treat This is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1950s in small town Wooster, Ohio and involves, amongst many supporting characters within the small town, Vivian and Betty Both women are not particularly likable characters, and it is totally ironic that while both are rivals and dislike each other, they arealike then they will ever realize Both Vivian and Betty are insecure, gossipers that look down on others for things they are at fault themselves The competition that ensues between the two ladies raises a notch after Vivian, while inappropriately eavesdropping mind you, overhears a monumental secret, and the subsequent digging into finding out , creates a cascading effect thereafter The golden rules of doing unto others, and what happens when karma takes the reins, comes to mind for the reader and applies perfectly in this case.I enjoyed the quick, witty, s...

  7. Thomas Kelley says:

    The story takes place 1950 s small town America with one of the main characters lovely Vivian Dalton who works for Ohio Bell as an operator remember way back in the day when they had switch board operators who did the plug and play and even though it was against company protocol Vivian and her coworkers would listen in on various phone calls and get the scoop on the tow...

  8. Jen O& says:

    But it wasn t enough for a person to live on That was the reason Bell hired women in the first place They worked cheap If Vivian let herself think about it for too long, she d work herself up into a lather ...

  9. Rae Choins says:

    This book was flipping fantastic I got so attached to the characters that I felt their joys and sorrows I loved the writing and the story line.

  10. Danielle Green Michalski says:

    Took a little bit to get going and then I couldn t stop reading Little too many coincidences, but very good overall.

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