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A daring, funny, and poignant novel about the desire and duty to procreate, by one of our most brilliant and original writers.

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood--whether or not to have children--with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim, and which led her previous work, How Should a Person Be? , to be called "one of the most talked-about books of the year" (TIME magazine).

Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti's narrator considers, with the same urgency, whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, body, family, friends, mysticism and chance, she struggles to make a moral and meaningful choice.

In a compellingly direct mode that straddles the forms of the novel and the essay, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions about womanhood, parenthood, and how--and for whom--to live.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2018
ISBN: 9780345810540
Branch Call Number: HET
Characteristics: 284 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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TechLibrarian Oct 31, 2018

I'll be honest that I didn't read this cover to cover, once I realized that it wasn't following a plot, I just skipped about reading passages here and there. It was very thought-provoking, especially as someone the same age as the author/narrator who does not have children, and I liked the premise of using the I-Ching as a narrative device. All that said, I would recommend the book Selfish, Shallow, Self-Absorbed over this title for anyone who is interested in reading about the topic of whether-or-not to have children, as it offers more varied perspectives. Nevertheless, Motherhood was a very honest and personal book, and well-written, just maybe not what you want if you're looking for book to curl up with this weekend.

liljables Oct 03, 2018

I can't seem to figure out what I thought of this book. Motherhood is a novel, but I couldn't help equating the narrator with the author, who is the same age and has the same profession as her character - is there such a thing as autobiographical fiction? There's no plot to speak of; this book reads more like a long-form, in-depth essay about motherhood.

So, that stuff doesn't sound very positive, but I think I enjoyed this book...there were certain passages that took my breath away, either because they seemed to be plucked right out of my head, or they articulated a belief that I'd never been able to put into words.

“There is a kind of sadness in not wanting the things that give so many other people their life's meaning. There can be sadness at not living out a more universal story - the suppose life cycle - how out of one life cycle another cycle is supposed to come. But when out of your life, no new cycle comes, what does that feel like? It feels like nothing. Yet there is a bit of a let-down feeling when the great things that happen in the lives of others - you don't actually want those things for yourself.”

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