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From the author ofHow Should a Person Be?(“one of the most talked-about books of the year”—Time Magazine) and theNew York TimesBestsellerWomen in Clothescomes a daring novel about whether to have children.
InMotherhood,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 madeHow Should A Person Be?required reading for a generation.
In her late thirties, when her friends are askingwhenthey 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.
Motherhoodis 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.