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The New Me



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Brief Description:

Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. She spends her days working a thankless temp job and her nights alone in her apartment, fixating on all the ways she might change her situation–her job, her attitude, her appearance, her life. Then she watches TV until she falls asleep, and the cycle begins again.When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of how hollow that vision has become.
Brief Description:
“In just under two hundred pages, Halle Butler made me laugh and cry enough times to feel completely reborn.”
– The Paris Review

Review Quotes:

“Masterfully cringe-inducing and unsparingly critical, The New Me extends Butler’s interrogation of those subjects, making the reader squirm and laugh out loud simultaneously . . . Ingenious . . . [Butler’s] wit and insight keep the pages turning.”
– The Chicago Tribune“[ The New Me] dives deep into the idea of millennial burnout. . . Many readers will identify with Butler’s psychologically astute yet somewhat hopeless inner monologue.”
- Mind Body Green

“Anyone who has ever felt like their life is going nowhere–and to make it worse, going nowhere in an achingly slow manner–will recognize themselves in Halle Butler’s new novel.”
- Nylon

“A skewering of the 21st-century American dream of self-betterment. Butler has already proven herself a master of writing about work and its discontents.”
– The Millions“Millie is just the kind of misanthropic, hopeful/doomed thirty-year-old we’ve all known, and/or been, and/or loved, and/or hated. Butler is an essential contemporary voice.”
– LitHub“A brilliant excoriation of the marketers telling us that life offers an unending parade of do-overs. Butler nails the unspoken hierarchies of contemporary office life in this wry and utterly terrifying work.”
– Vulture“Few authors capture the acidic angst of downtrodden millennials like Butler, whose heroines, trapped in precarious and soulless work, take comfort in consumption, in cynicism, in ill-fated self-improvement.”
– Huffington Post
    • Publishers Weekly 01/14/2019 (EAN 9780143133605, Paperback)
    • Booklist 02/01/2019 pg. 30 (EAN 9780143133605, Paperback)

Contributor Bio:

Halle Butler is the author of Jillian. She has been named a National Book Award Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

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