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Publisher Description

Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times

"Funny...odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable...unlike any novel I can think of."—David Haglund, The New York Times Book Review

"Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy."—San Francisco Chronicle

Named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Flavorpill, The New Republic, The New York Observer, The Huffington Post

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?

Fiction & Literature
June 19
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

BoscoMischief ,

How should a person be?

The author's description of studying others to find her identity resonated with me. However, I was disappointed with the explicit sexual descriptions and stream of thought paragraphs. I found them uninteresting and cliche. Overall, it had potential, but never reached the fullness of character I was expecting.

dont worry baby ,


Confused on these reviews. It was spell binding and magical

Masquerade ,

Memoir of a Self Absorbed Vapid Hipster

A bored book written about a self-proclaimed "artist" who is so shipwrecked that they've lost sight of dignity, personal accountability, or excellence. A boring monologue about absolutely nothing special but self-absorbed existential angst.

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