She got married. She hosted parties. A theatre asked her to write a play.
Then she realised that she didn't know how to write a play. That her favourite part of the party was cleaning up after the party. And that her marriage made her feel like she was banging into a brick wall.
So Sheila abandons her marriage and her play, befriends Margaux, a free and untortured painter, and begins sleeping with the dominating Israel, who's a genius at sex but not at art. She throws herself into recording them and everyone around her, investigating how they live, desperate to know, as she wanders, How Should a Person Be?
Using transcripts, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, Heti crafts an exciting, courageous, and mordantly funny tour through one woman's heart and mind.
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Helen Fielding made it funny and fictional in Bridget Jones's Diary; Elizabeth Gilbert did it without laughs in Eat, Pray, Love. Now in this mashup of memoir, fiction, self-help and philosophy, Sheila Heti has added a bit of a story, quite a few blow jobs and some cheeky exclamation marks, and finally made it credible * Guardian * A really amazing metafiction-meets-nonfiction novel * Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO series 'Girls' * A beguiling "novel from life" about creativity and authenticity * Guardian Pick of 2013 * Funny, bawdy and fiercely original, this is the book everyone's talking about - and for good reason * Easy Living * A shamelessly funny read that's got all of America talking * Grazia * Part of a growing movement to explore the messiness, self-consciousness and doubt of young women who have been told the world offers them unprecedented opportunity, and who are discovering just what that means -- Kira Cochrane * G2 * It will be one of the most talked-about books of 2013 * Irish Tatler, 2013 Hot List * Original...hilarious... Part confessional, part play, part novel, and more-it's one wild ride...Think HBO'S Girls in book form * Marie Claire * Utterly beguiling: blunt, charming, funny, and smart. Heti subtly weaves together ideas about sex, femininity and artistic ambition. Reading this genre-defying book was pure pleasure * David Shields, author of Reality Hunger *
About Sheila Heti
Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including The Middle Stories and Ticknor, and a book of "conversational philosophy" called The Chairs Are Where the People Go, written with Misha Glouberman, which was chosen by The New Yorker as a best book of 2011. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, McSweeney's, n+1, The Guardian, and other places. She lives in Toronto.
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
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Short-listed for Encore Award 2014 (UK) Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (UK)
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