Episode 346 — Halle Butler

   

Halle Butler is the guest. Her debut novel, Jillian, is available now from Curbside Splendor. (Author photo:  Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

Lindsay Hunter says

This book is incredible. The deadpan way it nails what it is to be a human who lies to herself and tells different lies to everyone else makes me want to laugh and scream. It is hilarious and weird, my two favorite qualities in a book.

And Kirkus Reviews says

[Jillian] offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can’t help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.

Monologue topics: thanks, worry, sleeplessness, corporate pitchman fantasies, idealism, crazy people, Starbucks, Valentine’s Day, my dog, jokes that fail to land.