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How Should a Person Be? (Paperback)
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How Should a Person Be? (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 06/03/2014
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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 Sheila's twenties were going to plan. She got married. She hosted parties. A theatre asked her to write a play. Then she realised that she didn't know how to write a play. That her favourite part of the party was cleaning up after the party. And that her marriage made her feel like she was banging into a brick wall. So Sheila abandons her marriage and her play, befriends Margaux, a free and untortured painter, and begins sleeping with the dominating Israel, who's a genius at sex but not at art. She throws herself into recording them and everyone around her, investigating how they live, desperate to know, as she wanders, How Should a Person Be? Using transcripts, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, Heti crafts an exciting, courageous, and mordantly funny tour through one woman's heart and mind.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099583561
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Helen Fielding made it funny and fictional in Bridget Jones's Diary; Elizabeth Gilbert did it without laughs in Eat, Pray, Love. Now in this mashup of memoir, fiction, self-help and philosophy, Sheila Heti has added a bit of a story, quite a few blow jobs and some cheeky exclamation marks, and finally made it credible" * Guardian *
"A really amazing metafiction-meets-nonfiction novel" * Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO series 'Girls' *
"A beguiling "novel from life" about creativity and authenticity" * Guardian Pick of 2013 *
"Funny, bawdy and fiercely original, this is the book everyone's talking about - and for good reason" * Easy Living *
"A shamelessly funny read that's got all of America talking" * Grazia *
"Part of a growing movement to explore the messiness, self-consciousness and doubt of young women who have been told the world offers them unprecedented opportunity, and who are discovering just what that means" -- Kira Cochrane * G2 *
"It will be one of the most talked-about books of 2013" * Irish Tatler, 2013 Hot List *
"Original...hilarious... Part confessional, part play, part novel, and more-it's one wild ride...Think HBO'S Girls in book form" * Marie Claire *
"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 *

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