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The New Me

Written by: Halle Butler
Narrated by: Halle Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"[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. 

"Masterfully cringe-inducing" (Chicago Tribune), The New Me is the must-listen new novel by National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and Granta Best Young American novelist Halle Butler. 

©2019 Halle Butler (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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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  • Alfonso Delgado
  • 2019-06-15

Succinct description of quite desperation

Very powerful and sublime description of current emptiness and quiet desperation all too common today.

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  • Ingrid Wurpts
  • 2019-06-04

Narration by author is great

This book was 100% more hilarious read by the author who has the perfect sardonic millennial tone.

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  • Andrew C Culley
  • 2019-04-29

Left me feeling like there should have been more.<br />

The story is great and relatable, but ends so abruptly leaving the reader with several questions. Why focus on the secondary character POVs only to have their plot threads discarded halfway through? How did the narrator find resolution in the end? It just all felt so random and unfinished, like it was a draft of a novel. Listen to this if love irreverent fiction, but understand that it doesn't feel like you're getting a full story with much development.

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  • mfseegs
  • 2019-04-24

Might have been an ok read...

..but not a great audiobook. The author/narrator's vocal fray is annoying to point of being distracting and at time teeters on infuriating. I don't know if that's just her voice or if she's doing it on purpose to really hit home how banal the characters are. The story itself isn't really worth the slog so far. I still have about half of it left to get through but wanted to post this review as a warning to anyone considering getting this audiobook - definitely preview before purchasing.

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  • Sunny Edwards
  • 2019-03-24

Relatable

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

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