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Motherhood: A Novel

Motherhood: A Novel

"As Jacob wrestles with the angel, Sheila Heti’s protagonist spends a novel asking if raising a child is right for her. Every page contains some new revelation, and every revelation, every quandary or profound epiphany makes the ultimate act of decision-making more muddy and gray, often blurry and threatening. What would motherhood take from or give to a life of art, or any life at all? 'Not having a child is no escape from life,' she writes, 'for life will always put me in situations, and show me new things, and take me to darknesses I wouldn’t choose to see, and all sorts of treasures of knowledge I cannot comprehend.' Here we have Heti’s magnum opus: all the problems of living are here, all the questions of giving life and sparing it."

Spencer R.

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Author Sheila Heti
Publisher Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date 2018-05-01
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Spencer R.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781627790772

From the author of How Should a Person Be? (“one of the most talked-about books of the year”―Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children.

In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation.

In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home.

Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how―and for whom―to live.

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