How Should a Person Be?

How Should a Person Be?


By (author) Sheila Heti

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  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Format: Paperback | 306 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 125003244X
  • ISBN 13: 9781250032447
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 36,131

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"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")By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication, Sheila Heti's "breakthrough novel" (Chris Kraus, "Los Angeles Review of Books") is an unabashedly honest and hilarious tour through the unknowable pieces of one woman's heart and mind. Part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part vivid exploration of the artistic and sexual impulse, "How Should a Person Be?" earned Heti comparisons to Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, and Flaubert, while shocking and exciting readers with its raw, urgent depiction of female friendship and of the shape of our lives now. Irreverent, brilliant, and completely original, Heti challenges, questions, frustrates, and entertains in equal measure. With urgency and candor she asks: What is the most noble way to love? What kind of person should you be?

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Author information

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.

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"A new kind of book and new kind of person. A book that risks everything--shatters every rule we women try to follow in order to be taken seriously--and thus is nothing less than groundbreaking: in form, sexually, relationally and as a major literary work. With this complex, artfully messy and hilarious novel, Heti has done the rare and generous thing of creating more room for the rest of us. This is how a person should be."--Miranda July, author of "No One Belongs Here More Than You" and "It Chooses You""Oh crap. I don't know how to begin talking about Sheila Heti or how good she is. People will say "How Should A Person Be?" is reminiscent of Patti Smith's "Just Kids" or Ann Patchett's "Truth & Beauty" and both of these things will be true. But I am still reeling from the originality of this novel. There are passages here so striking, to read them is to be punched in the heart."--Sloane Crosley, author of "How Did You Get This Number""A seriously strange but funny plunge into the quest for authenticity."--Margaret Atwood, @MargaretAtwood"Utterly beguiling: blunt, charming, funny, and smart. Heti subtly weaves together ideas about sex, femininity and artistic ambition. Reading this genre-defying book was pure pleasure."--David Shields, author of "Reality Hunger""[A]n unforgettable book: intellectually exacting, unsettling in its fragility, bodily as anything painted by Freud, experimental yet crafted as hell, and yes, very funny."--"The National Post""The book's form is fluid and unpredictable... [and] the architecture gives the prose a circular, easy feeling, even though Heti is taking a hard look at what makes life meaningful and how one doesn't end up loveless and lost. It is book peopled by twentysomethings but works easily as a manual for anyone who happens to have run into a spiritual wall." -- Sasha Frere-Jones, "The Paris Review""""Sheila Heti's novel-from-life, How Should a Person Be?, was published in Canada in 2010, but won't be out in t