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

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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close--sometimes too close--observation of her new friend, her new lover, and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life. Using transcribed conversations, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, the brilliant and always innovative Sheila Heti crafts a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part bawdy confessional. It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be?

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 15/01/2013 ISBN-13: 9781846557545  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including The Middle Stories and Ticknor, and a book of "conversational philosophy" called The Chairs Are Where the People Go, written with Misha Glouberman, which was chosen by The New Yorker as a best book of 2011. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, McSweeney's, n+1, The Guardian, and other places. She works as interviews editor at The Believer magazine and lives in Toronto.

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Set among privileged (and arguably pretentious) young white artists who epitomise #firstworldproblems, and much of it written in a deliberately naïve style, How Should a Person Be? can seem trivial at first glance. But it's all done very knowingly - and the book's examination of identity, boundaries, egotism, sexuality and female friendship in the era of reality TV and insulated extended adolescence turned out to be complex and, after a while, surprisingly likeable.

- 15/07/2013
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