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About the Book

About the Book


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 30s, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers if 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.

Audiobook available, read by Sheila Heti

by Sheila Heti

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • ISBN-10: 1627790772
  • ISBN-13: 9781627790772