Blue Stoop Presents: Halle Butler in Convo w/ Mike Ingram
Halle Butler is a writer from the Midwest. Her first novel, Jillian, is a brief account of a medical secretary's drunken social blunders and callous treatment of her co-worker. Her second novel, The New Me will be published in March 2019 from Penguin Randomhouse. She is a 5 under 35 honoree and was named to Granta's list of best young novelists.
Mike Ingram holds an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers Workshop and teaches in the English department at Temple University. His stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and magazines, including Phoebe, The North American Review, December, EPOCH, The Southeast Review, and The Baltimore Review. He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse Magazine and co-hosts the weekly Book Fight! podcast, which you can read more about here.
“A bleak and brutal book that exposes a nearly unbearable futility to life in the workforce, not to mention life outside it. Butler’s vision is funny and raw and dark— a cautionary tale, hilarious and intimate, against growing up and making do.” —Ben Marcus
“The New Me renders contemporary American life in such vivid, stinging color, that certain sentences are liable to give the reader a paper cut. But you’ll want to keep on reading anyway. Halle Butler is terrific, and I loved this book.” —Kelly Link
“A dark comedy of female rage. Halle Butler is a first-rate satirist of the horror show being sold to us as Modern Femininity. She is Thomas Bernhard in a bad mood, showing us the futility of betterment in an increasingly paranoid era of self-improvement. Hilarious.” —Catherine Lacey