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Category: Book
By (author): Heti, Sheila
Subject:  FICTION / Biographical
  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*From the bestselling author of How Should a Person Be?, a daring novel about whether to be or not to be...a mom. A "courageous, necessary, visionary" book (Elif Batuman).

When I was younger, thinking about whether I wanted children, I always came back to this formula: If no one had told me anything about the world, I would have invented boyfriends. I'd have invented sex, friendships, art. I would not have invented child-rearing. I would have had to invent those other things to fulfil real longings in me, but if no one had ever told me that a person could create a person, and raise them into a citizen, it wouldn't have occurred to me as something to do. In fact, it would have sounded like a task to very much avoid.
Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of 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 equal urgency, the question of whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, her body, her family, mysticism and chance, Heti's narrator struggles to make a wise and meaningful choice. In the process, she takes apart, examines, and reconstructs the very idea of "motherhood."
     In the diary-like form of a woman in conversation with herself, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions, including whether this pivotal decision is truly "a decision" at all.

"This inquiry into the modern woman's moral, social and psychological relationship to procreation is an illumination, a provocation, and a response-finally-to the new norms of femininity, formulated from the deepest reaches of female intellectual authority. It is unlike anything else I've read. Sheila Heti has broken new ground, both in her maturity as an artist and in the possibilities of the female discourse itself." -Rachel Cusk, author of Outline and Transit
"I've never seen anyone write about the relationship between childlessness, writing, and mothers' sadnesses the way Sheila Heti does. I know Motherhood is going to mean a lot to many different people-fully as much so as if it was a human that Sheila gave birth to-though in a different and in fact incommensurate way. That's just one of many paradoxes that are not shied away from in this courageous, necessary, visionary book." -Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot and The Possessed
"I think of Motherhood as a beautiful, natural, living thing-a rare tree in the car-filled parking lot of literature, offering aesthetic and sustainable pleasures while also bristling with multiple, helpful, compassionate functions in the world. The high stakes, complexity, intensity, playfulness, seriousness, and inter-dimensionality of Motherhood's synthesis of art and life, of the imagination and the universe, makes me excited about both life and literature. I recommend reading and rereading Motherhood." -Tao Lin, author of Taipei

"With each of her novels, Sheila Heti invents a new novel form. Motherhood is a riveting story of love and fate, a powerful inspiration to reflect, and a subtle depiction of the lives of contemporary women and men, by an exceptional artist in theprime of her powers. Motherhood constitutes its own genre within the many-faceted novel of ideas. Heti is like no one else." -Mark Greif, author of Against Everything

Biographical NoteSHEILA HETI is the acclaimed author of the novel How Should a Person Be?, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, the story collection The Middle Stories, and the novel Ticknor, which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, London Review of Books, The Globe and Mail, n+1, McSweeney's and The Believer. She frequently collaborates with other writers and artists. Sheila Heti lives in Toronto.