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Fiction Book Club: "The New Me" by Halle Butler

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year the Unabridged Fiction Book Club will be exploring the literary heritage of Chicago! We will be focusing on novels written by Chicagoans, set in the city, or those that add to our understaning of Chicago's history and culture.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The New Me by Halle Butler on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

To maintain a safe environment for discussion, this book club will continue to hold meetings via Zoom. Order the book below, and join us for a video chat discussion. For questions about this book club, or to join the Zoom meeting, email Matt at

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.

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

Halle Butler is the author of Jillian. She has been named a National Book Award Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

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ISBN: 9780143133605
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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