The New Me

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2019 - Fiction - 208 pages
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"[A] definitive work of millennial literature . . . wretchedly riveting." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

Girls Office Space My Year of Rest and Relaxation + anxious sweating = The New Me.” Entertainment Weekly

I'm still trying to make the dream possible: still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might. I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind.

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. 

"Wretchedly riveting" (The New Yorker) and "masterfully cringe-inducing" (Chicago Tribune), The New Me is the must-read new novel by National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and Granta Best Young American novelist Halle Butler.

Named a Best Book of the Decade by Vox, and a Best Book of 2019 by Vanity Fair, VultureChicago Tribune, Mashable, Bustle, and NPR
 

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3.75 As someone that suffers from anxiety, a biting internal monologue, has had her share of one-sided friendships and has survived being a gifted child only to barely scrape by at various hodge-podge ... Read full review

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User Review  - jostie13 - LibraryThing

Full disclosure: I started this book fully expecting to dislike it, based on an excerpt published in LARB and praise for it as emblematic of the "millennial experience." These are great expectations ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
15
Section 4
21
Section 5
27
Section 6
33
Section 7
37
Section 8
45
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
145
Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
171
Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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About the author (2019)

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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