Sheila Heti

Motherhood
  • Motherhood

  • **A Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Irish Times, Refinery29, TLS and The White Review Book of the Year 2018**

    A provocative novel about the desire and duty to procreate, from the author of the critically acclaimed How Should A Person Be?

    Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood – whether or not to have children – with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.

    Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti’s narrator considers, with the same urgency, whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, body, family, friends, mysticism and chance, she struggles to make a moral and meaningful choice.

    In a compellingly direct mode that straddles the forms of the novel and the essay, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions about womanhood, parenthood, and how – and for whom – to live.

    ‘Likely to become the defining literary work on the subject’ Guardian

Sheila Heti is the author of ten books, including internationally critically acclaimed novels How Should a Person Be? and Motherhood. She was named one of 'The New Vanguard' by The New York Times; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are 'shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century'. Her books have been translated into twenty-three languages. How Should a Person Be? was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and named one of 12 'New Classics of the 21st Century' by Vulture. She is the author of two children's books, the play All Our Happy Days are Stupid, and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. As the former Interviews Editor of The Believer magazine, she interviewed leading writers and artists including Joan Didion, Elena Ferrante and Agnes Varda, and her work has been published in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, McSweeney's, Harper's and n+1. She lives in Toronto.

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