Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a rapid cycling, grotesque optimist, whose downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog.
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Halle Butler lives in Chicago. Jillian is her first book.Review:
"Butler's aim is perfect, and her touch deft." - Publishers Weekly
"A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness." - Kirkus Reviews
"Sublimely awkward and hilarious...It may be the feel-bad book of the year." - Chicago Tribune
"It's a frank depiction of modern indecency, and a reflection of a generation that lacks any shred of a moral compass." - Electric Literature
"This book is incredible. The deadpan way it nails what it is to be a human who lies to herself and tells different lies to everyone else makes me want to laugh and scream. It is hilarious and weird, my two favorite qualities in a book."
Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Don't Kiss Me
"An authentic and beautiful portrait of a self-proclaimed asshole."
Chelsea Martin, author of Even Though I Don't Miss You
"Halle Butler’s Jillian is a wry, smart portrait of two women set on separate courses of self-destruction, each of them judging the other on the way down. This is a bold debut, a quick, vicious ride."
Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day
"Goddamn Halle Butler. What she's written here is a hilariously brutal tale of a woman destroying herself with cheery selfishness. I laughed myself nauseous watching the people surrounding Jillian struggle between exasperated judgment and aggravated compassion. 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."
Jac Jemc, author of My Only Wife
"Halle Butler is a self-assured new voice in fiction, bringing fresh humor and originality to her engaging debut."
Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much
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