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The New Me

The New Me

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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, Vulture, Chicago Tribune, Mashable, Bustle, and NPR

Author: Halle Butler
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 03/05/2019
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 7.60h x 5.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780143133605

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/14/2019
Booklist 02/01/2019 pg. 30

About the Author
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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