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The New Me by Halle Butler

The New Me

The New Me by Halle Butler
Mar 05, 2019 | 208 Pages
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The New Me is a bouncy, profane, highly addictive novel about work, female friendship, and other alienations. Halle Butler’s insane talent shimmers on every page of this deadpan misanthrope’s ode. A must-read!”
—Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn

The New Me renders contemporary American life in such vivid, stinging color that certain sentences are liable to give the reader a paper cut. But you’ll want to keep on reading anyway. Halle Butler is terrific, and I loved this book.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“A dark comedy of female rage. Halle Butler is a first-rate satirist of the horror show being sold to us as Modern Femininity. She is Thomas Bernhard in a bad mood, showing us the futility of betterment in an increasingly paranoid era of self-improvement. Hilarious.”
—Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing and The Answers
“A bleak and brutal book that exposes a nearly unbearable futility to life in the workforce, not to mention life outside it. Butler’s vision is funny and raw and dark—a cautionary tale, hilarious and intimate, against growing up and making do.” 
—Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

“Halle Butler has a way of looking at our twenty-first-century neoliberalist condition that simultaneously exposes its brutality and renders that same brutality absurd, hilarious, fizzy with humor.  She’s an incisive, curmudgeonly bard of the uniquely precarious times we live in, and it is crucial that you read her immediately.”
—Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
“Butler is an essential contemporary voice.” —LitHub

“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.” —HuffPost

“One of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees, Halle Butler is sure to become one of your new favorite writers.” —Bustle

“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

“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 absurdity of cubicle life and office work in all of its dead ends.” —The Millions

A sharp and observant writer, who takes to task the tragicomedy of modern capitalism . . . Butler has created a disquieting heroine with an indelible voice. —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Jillian:

“The feel-bad book of the year . . . Sublimely awkward and hilarious.”
Chicago Tribune
“A claustrophobic, anxiety-inducing book.”
—Lydia Kiesling, The New Yorker
“Delightfully subversive . . . Not just the funniest book I’ve read in a long time, but also one of the most important ones.”
—Leland Cheuk, The Rumpus

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