Honoree, 5 Under 35 2017

Jillian by Halle Butler
ISBN 9781940430294
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Halle Butler, photo credit Jerzy Rose, author photo
Halle Butler

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. More about this author >

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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.