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The New Me

Written by: Halle Butler
Narrated by: Halle Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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"A dark comedy of female rage" (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of life in the American workforce from a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, the Huffington Post, Bustle, Lithub, and The Millions

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. 

“A skewering of the 21st-century American dream of self-betterment. Butler [is] a master of writing about work and its discontents.” (The Millions)

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What the critics say

The New Me is a bouncy, profane, highly addictive novel about work, female friendship, and other alienations. Halle Butler’s insane talent shimmers on every page of this deadpan misanthrope’s ode. A must-read!” (Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn)

The New Me renders contemporary American life in such vivid, stinging color that certain sentences are liable to give the reader a paper cut. But you’ll want to keep on reading anyway. Halle Butler is terrific, and I loved this book.” (Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“A dark comedy of female rage. Halle Butler is a first-rate satirist of the horror show being sold to us as Modern Femininity. She is Thomas Bernhard in a bad mood, showing us the futility of betterment in an increasingly paranoid era of self-improvement. Hilarious.” (Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing and The Answers

“A bleak and brutal book that exposes a nearly unbearable futility to life in the workforce, not to mention life outside it. Butler’s vision is funny and raw and dark - a cautionary tale, hilarious and intimate, against growing up and making do.” (Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet)

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I don't have much of a review...like its not good or bad. Im just kind of numb.

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