Jillian

Jillian

From the author of the ‘great’ (Dolly Alderton), ‘terrific’ (Zadie Smith) The New Me, comes a subversive, hilarious portrait of two colleagues, each more like the other than they would care to admit.

‘Wretchedly riveting’ Jia Tolentino, New Yorker


Butler is an essential contemporary voice’ Literary Hub

‘A master of writing about work and its discontents’ The Millions


Megan
is only twenty-four but her life feels like a dead end. Working as a gastroenterologist’s receptionist and resenting the success and happiness of her friends, the only thing that makes her feel better is obsessively critiquing the behaviour of her colleague, Jillian. A grotesquely optimistic thirty-five-year-old single mother, Jillian’s chirpy positivity obscures her mounting struggles – until her downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog . . .

‘Outrageous and amusing … reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter’ Kirkus

‘The funniest book I’ve read in a long time, but also one of the most important ones’ The Rumpus
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 9th July 2020

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474617574

Reviews

Outrageous and amusing ... reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter
Kirkus
Wretchedly riveting
Jia Tolentino, New Yorker
Butler is an essential contemporary voice
Literary Hub
A master of writing about work and its discontents
The Millions
The funniest book I've read in a long time, but also one of the most important ones
The Rumpus
The feel-bad book of the year ... sublimely awkward and hilarious
Chicago Tribune
Few authors capture the acidic angst of downtrodden millennials like Butler
The Huffington Post
Butler is an extremely sharp-eyed satirist, and the books are very funny, especially on the deadening banalities of office life
Alex Clark, Guardian