How Should a Person Be?

A Novel from Life

By Sheila Heti
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805094725, 320pp.)

Publication Date: June 19, 2012

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A raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium-a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" ("Bookforum")

Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close-sometimes too close-observation of her new friend, her new lover, and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life.

Using transcribed conversations, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, the brilliant and always innovative Sheila Heti crafts a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part bawdy confessional. It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be?




About the Author
Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including "The Middle Stories" and "Ticknor"; and an essay collection written with Misha Glouberman, "The Chairs Are Where the People Go". Her writing has been translated into ten languages and her work has appeared in "The New York Times", "Bookforum", "McSweeney's", "n+1", "The Guardian", and other places. She works as interviews editor at "The Believer" magazine and lives in Toronto.



NPR
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012

Author Sheila Heti has a fresh pulsing voice in her new novel, How Should a Person Be? More at NPR.org

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