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From the author of How Should a Person Be? (“one of the most talked-about books of the year”—Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children.
In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation.
In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home.
Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how—and for whom—to live.
Women have only had the true choice whether or not to have babies for a generation or two. We modern females, particularly those of us that may have never imagined ourselves as mothers and/or are grappling with the multitudes of aspects of this fundamentally life-determining decision, need more authors like Sheila Heti to illuminate the debates and considerations. Also given the incredible pressure on women to become mothers, I love that she defended and honored the female artist, the female who decides to live an alternative life. We certainly need more of that support.