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Jillian

Halle Butler

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the author of the 'great' (Dolly Alderton), 'terrific' (Zadie Smith) THE NEW ME, comes a subversive, hilarious portrait of two colleagues, each more like the other than they would care to admit.

Twenty-four-year-old Megan may have her whole life ahead of her, but it already feels like a dead end, thanks to her dreadful job as a gastroenterologist's receptionist and her heart-clogging resentment of the success and happiness of everyone around her. But no one stokes Megan's bitterness quite like her coworker, Jillian, a grotesquely optimistic, thirty-five-year-old single mother whose chirpy positivity obscures her mounting struggles.

Megan and Jillian's lives become increasingly precarious as their faulty coping mechanisms--denial, self-help books, alcohol, religion, prescription painkillers, obsessive criticism, alienated boyfriends, and, in Jillian's case, the misguided purchase of a dog--send them spiraling toward their downfalls. Wickedly authentic and brutally funny, JILLIAN is a subversive portrait of two women trapped in cycles of self-delusion and self-destruction, each more like the other than they would care to admit.

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Praise for Jillian

  • Outrageous and amusing ... reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter - Kirkus

  • Wretchedly riveting - New Yorker

  • Butler is an essential contemporary voice - Literary Hub

  • A master of writing about work and its discontents - The Millions

  • The funniest book I've read in a long time, but also one of the most important ones - The Rumpus

  • The feel-bad book of the year ... sublimely awkward and hilarious - Chicago Tribune

  • Few authors capture the acidic angst of downtrodden millennials like Butler - The Huffington Post

  • Never before have a pair of characters made me so sick with hatred and empathy at once. Butler is writing exactly what I want to read.

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Halle Butler

Halle Butler is a writer living in New York City. The author of Jillian, she has been named a National Book Award Foundation's "5 Under 35" honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

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