How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life



Named a Book of the Year by The New York Times

A raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium.

By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication, Sheila Heti’s breakthrough novel 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?


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