Sheila Heti currently lives in Toronto, and is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker. She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, and n+1. Her new novel, Motherhood was published in May 2018.
Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti’s narrator considers, with the same urgency, whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, body, family, friends, mysticism and chance, she struggles to make a moral and meaningful choice. In a compellingly direct mode that straddles the forms of the novel and the essay, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions about womanhood, parenthood, and how—and for whom—to live.