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Halle Butler's debut explores how two people use self-deception and hostility to deal with their lives. Megan, a bitter young medical secretary, takes a break from her overwhelming feelings of social rejection by keeping track of the disgusting habits of her co-worker, Jillian. Meanwhile, Jillian's misguided "go for it!" attitude leads her towards a series of unadvisable decisions.

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Halle Butler. (2015). Jillian. Curbside Splendor Publishing.

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Halle Butler. 2015. Jillian. Curbside Splendor Publishing.

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        Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. Her work has been published in Hobart, Proximity Magazine, and redlightbulbs. She also co-writes movies, the most recent of which, Crimes Against Humanity, has screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center and Doc Films. Jillian is her first novel.

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        "[Jillian] offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can't help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. 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."

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      • content: "Butler's aim is perfect, and her touch deft."
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      • source: Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Don't Kiss Me
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Chelsea Martin, author of Even Though I Don't Miss You
      • content: "An authentic and beautiful portrait of a self-proclaimed asshole."
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      • source: Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Jac Jemc, author of My Only Wife
      • content: "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."
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        December 22, 2014
        Eternal optimist Jillian, 35, works in a gastroenterologist’s office in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Chicago. New coworker Megan, 24, arrives in a state of permanent resentment: at having to work in such a stupid job, at Jillian and her much larger desk and chipper attitude. The duo’s total lack of self-awareness makes them the perfect yin and yang for Butler’s sly comedy of modern manners. When Jillian dreams of getting a cute dog, Megan is quick to cite the high cost of vet bills. Megan suffers from a handful of minor, but unpleasant, maladies and alienates her friends; Jillian blithely follows her own misguided bliss, leading her to neglect Adam, her young son. Heedless of outside advice, both women follow the paths they have chosen. As both women fray, this poison pill of a novel moves to its arch conclusion. Butler’s aim is perfect, and her touch deft.

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        December 15, 2014
        In this wickedly disaffected, sometimes-funny debut novel, Butler creates a story of two exceedingly unhappy women, both sliding into a downward spiral shaped by everyday misery and petty hatreds. Megan is a young woman trapped in a life she finds unbearably boring by her own discontent and inability to hoist herself out of a rut of mental squalor. A medical records technician in a gastroenterology office, she fills her spare time by drinking a ridiculous amount of beer, hating everyone she knows and idly contemplating suicide: "Everything about her life was so much the same from day to day that it almost didn't exist." The only thing she does with any enthusiasm is indulge in a particularly obsessive hatred for her co-worker Jillian, whose brittle and overblown optimism drives Megan crazy. Jillian is the office manager, a single mother, and beneath her cheery facade, just as unhappy, unsatisfied, and unpleasant as Megan. The novel consists of a series of ordinary events-awkward parties, kitchen conversations, drunken missteps, the acquisition of a dog-and its most striking feature is the way it digs into this small canvas of revulsion, bringing up recognizable portraits of our least generous, most unlikable urges. There is very little hope in this story but a great deal of outrageous, amusingly pointed meanness. Though it suffers from an oddly studious use of vulgarity, the novel has a degree of compelling, train-wreck allure. It offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can't help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. 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.

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