The New Me

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, Mar 12, 2019 - Friendship - 208 pages
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'Terrific. So funny' Zadie Smith

'Monstrously depressing but so comic and well observed that I didn't really mind .... It is great' Dolly Alderton

'A dark comedy of female rage' Catherine Lacey

'Brilliant. For fans of Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation' Pandora Sykes

'Funny, shocking, clever, and hugely entertaining' Roddy Doyle

'A definitive work of milennial literature' Jia Tolentino

'The best thing I've read in years' Emma Jane Unsworth

'Vicious ... hilariously spot on' Guardian



In a windowless office, a woman explains something from her real, nonwork life - about the frustration and indignity of returning her online shopping - to her colleagues. One wears a topknot. Another checks her pedometer.

Watching them all is Millie. Thirty-years-old and an eternal temp, she says almost nothing, almost all of the time.

But then the possibility of a permanent job arises. Will it bring the new life Millie is envisioning - one involving a gym membership, a book club, and a lot less beer and TV - finally within reach? Or will it reveal just how hollow that vision has become?

'Made me laugh and cry enough times to feel completely reborn' The Paris Review

'A definite work of millennial literature. Wretchedly riveting, with the sick, obsessive pleasure of looking under a bandage at a wound' The New Yorker

'So darkly funny and acutely observed that it feels like a documentary' Andrew McMillan

'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' Nylon

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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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User Review  - pivic - LibraryThing

This book circles the everyday of a couple of American women who are at different ends of one point: their workplace. While it's fiction, it may as well be described as not; I could spot traces in ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

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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