How Should a Person Be? A Novel from Life

ISBN-10: 0805094725
ISBN-13: 9780805094725
Edition: 2012
Authors: Sheila Heti
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Description: An "unforgettable,"* bawdy, genre-busting novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium: a portrait of the artist as a young woman and a delicious combination of pop and artFresh from a failed marriage and unable to complete a feminist  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

An "unforgettable,"* bawdy, genre-busting novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium: a portrait of the artist as a young woman and a delicious combination of pop and artFresh from a failed marriage and unable to complete a feminist play she's been commissioned to write, Sheila, a twentysomething artist, is floundering. How can she write a play about women when everything she's learned about herself is from the men in her life who "wanted to teach her something"? How can she even live in the world without knowing how to be? So when Margaux, a talented painter, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, come into her life, Sheila plunges into a life experiment, treating them as specimens in an investigation about how to live and create. Perhaps in borrowing their best qualities, she can regain her footing in art and in life.Previously published in Canada to terrific acclaim,How Should a Person Be?brilliantly fuses highbrow with lowbrow into a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" (Bookforum). What begins as curiosity about how to live well, in Sheila Heti's hands becomes an irresistible torn-from-life novel, crafted with transcribed dialogues, along with fiction, nonfiction, e-mails, and more, exploring the eternal questions of why we connect, whom we desire, and how a person should be.*The National Post, Canada

Sheila Heti was born in Toronto, Canada in 1976. She studied playwriting at the National Theatre School and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Heti runs Trampoline Hall, a monthly lecture series, and writes regularly about the visual arts. Her title The Middle Stories was Shortlisted for the 2001 Upper Canada Writer's Craft Award. Heti was voted Best Emerging Writer in NOW magazine's Reader's Poll in 2001. In September 2010, Heti's book How Should a Person Be?, was published by Henry Holt in the United States in July 2012. It was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 100 Best Books of 2012 and by The New Yorker as one of the best books of the year.

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