Alphabetical Diaries

Category: Book
By (author): Heti, Sheila
Subject:  FICTION / Biographical
  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Women
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: February 2024
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.56in
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From The Publisher*

An enthralling work from one of our greatest literary innovators, shortlisted for the Giller and winner of the GG for Fiction.

A little over a decade ago, Sheila Heti-the award-winning author of a string of modern classics including How Should a Person Be?, Motherhood, and Pure Colour-began looking back at the diaries she'd kept over the previous ten years, searching for signs of deeper change inside herself. She loaded all 500,000 words of her journals into Microsoft Excel, to order the sentences alphabetically and seek out patterns and repetitions. How many times had she written, "I hate him," for example? With the sentences untethered from the narrative of her diaries, she started to see herself-and the Self-in a new way: as something quite solid, anchored by shockingly few characteristic preoccupations. Returning to the project over the years, something more universal and novelistic emerged.
     Alphabetical Diaries is the sublime and probing result-one that rises to the heights of artistry and insight for which Heti is rightfully acclaimed.

Biographical Note

SHEILA HETI is the author of ten books, including the novels Pure Colour, which won the Governor General's Literary Prize for Fiction, Motherhood, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine deemed one of the "New Classics" of the twenty-first century. She was named one of the "New Vanguard" by the New York Times book critics, who, along with a dozen other magazines and newspapers, chose Motherhood as a top book of 2018, and Pure Colour as a top book of 2022. Her work has been translated into twenty-four languages. She lives in Toronto and Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.