How Should a Person Be?

How Should a Person Be?

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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?"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 113.4g
  • Picador USA
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 125003244X
  • 9781250032447
  • 64,259

Review quote

"[Sheila Heti] has an appealing restlessness, a curiosity about new forms, and an attractive freedom from pretentiousness or cant...How Should a Person Be? offers a vital and funny picture of the excitements and longueurs of trying to be a young creator in a free, late-capitalist Western City...This talented writer may well have identified a central dialectic of twenty-first-century postmodern being."--James Wood, "The New Yorker""Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral and sexy, this 'novel from life' employs a grab bag of literary forms and narrative styles on its search for the truth...meandering and entertaining exploration of the big questions, rousting aesthetic, moral, religious and ethical concerns most novels wouldn't touch."" - San Francisco Chronicle""Enlightening, profoundly intelligent, and charming to read. . . . It reflects life in its incredible humor--and in some of its weird bits that might be muddled or unclear . . . with anxiety, hilarity and lots of great conversation." "- Interview Magazine""There are no convenient epiphanies in Sheila Heti's newest book How Should a Person Be? Instead there are several intertwined, grinding and brilliantly uncomfortable ones that require the reader to shed a few dozen layers in the service of self-discovery. . . She may depart from broad harbors, but she is an analytic zealot, never imparting trite one-liners or excusing herself. Reading her is an act of participation, discomfort and joy." "- SF Weekly""If you're not already reading Sheila Heti's second novel "How Should A Person Be?", you should be. Heti's rousing, unapologetically messy, beautifully written, insightful and provocative book explores the frustrations and rewards of female friendship, and of trying to make art as a young woman in the 21st century. . . Heti is doing something very exciting within the form of the novel." "--Jezebel""I read this eccentric book in one sitting, amazed, disgusted, intrigued, sometimesshow more

About Sheila Heti

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 more