The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2017

Halle Butler

Halle Butler, Jillian(Curbside Splendor)
ISBN: 9781940430294
Selected by Lydia Millet, 2016 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction


Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. She has co-written screenplays, including Neighborhood Food Drive (2017). Her first novel, Jillian, was called the "feel-bad book of the year" by the Chicago Tribune. She was recently included in Granta's 2017 list of Best of Young American Novelists. Her second novel, The New Me, is forthcoming from Penguin Books. 

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About the book (FROM THE PUBLISHER)

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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About the Selecting author

Lydia Millet is the author of 11 books of literary fiction, most recently the novel Sweet Lamb of Heaven (2016), longlisted for the National Book Award, among others. Earlier titles include Mermaids in Paradise (2014); Magnificence (2012), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle and Los Angeles Times book awards; a story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys (2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and the novel My Happy Life (2002), which won a PEN-USA fiction award. Millet received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2012 and lives in the Arizona desert. Her next book, a collection of stories called Fight No More, will be published in 2018 by W. W. Norton.