How Should a Person Be?

How Should a Person Be?

by Sheila Heti
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How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor comes a bold interrogation into the possibility of a beautiful life. How Should a Person Be? is a novel of many identities: an autobiography of the mind, a postmodern self-help book, and a fictionalized portrait of the artist as a young woman—of two such artists, in fact.

For reasons multiple and mysterious, Sheila finds herself in a quandary of self-doubt, questioning how a person should be in the world. Inspired by her friend Margaux, a painter, and her seemingly untortured ability to live and create, Sheila casts Margaux as material, embarking on a series of recordings in which nothing is too personal, too ugly, or too banal to be turned into art. Along the way, Sheila confronts a cast of painters who are equally blocked in an age in which the blow job is the ultimate art form. She begins questioning her desire to be Important, her quest to be both a leader and a pupil, and her unwillingness to sacrifice herself.

Searching, uncompromising and yet mordantly funny, How Should a Person Be? is a brilliant portrait of art-making and friendship from the psychic underground of Canada's most fiercely original writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887842405
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am IN LOVE with this book. I haven't finished reading it yet, i am about half way through, but the one review that exisits was driving me crazy because by page one i was in love. Never before have I had an author capture in a novel so candidly what it is to be a woman in search of purpose and meaning, however misguided that search may be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first page hooked me, and then I couldn't put it down. Very refreshing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not spend $$ on this book again. Very slow moving and I never got a connection with the main character. Boring book.
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A total waste of time!