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JILLIAN Release Party

  • The Whistler 2421 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

This party/reading/screening at The Whistler is for the release of Halle Butler's full-length, fully fictional novel, JILLIAN. The book is set partly in a doctor's office, partly in two apartments, and partly in some cool kid parties. For some reason, Publishers Weekly called JILLIAN a "sly comedy of manners."

Copies of JILLIAN will be on sale for $10, and that ten bucks also gets you some kind of drink ticket. Bring your hard earned and cold hard cash (or debit) and your willingness to grow. 

6:00 is the soft start time. Let us be your Saturday appetizer.

The lineup, alphabetically by first name:

Halle Butler
Jared Larson
Jenna Caravello
Mike Lopez
Susan Hope Lanier
(Special guest MC Jerzy Rose)

About the book:

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.

Praise for Jillian:

"[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."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Butler’s aim is perfect, and her touch deft."
—Publishers Weekly

"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."
—Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Don't Kiss Me