Pure Colour (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

If Christ’s parables were about shitty college relationships, working in retail, and losing a parent. Sheila Heti’s writing contains so much warmth and light and wisdom that you almost forget she is insanely funny. Manna for nonbelievers.

— Jack K.

Written in a style somewhere between fairy tale and picture book, with an extreme interiority comparable to Lispector, I wasn't feeling this novel at all until the narrative tightened. After that, I couldn't put it down. Sheila Heti has explored the symbiotic relationship between inner life and art, between both and our relationships, and the world, and how all four come together to give us the will to keep moving and to love again. Also: an inspiring book for people with rainforest minds.

— Aurora

March 2022 Indie Next List

“Defying the novel, Sheila Heti proves her wisdom and imagination. The story begins innocently and then wonderfully morphs, ruminating on loss, companionship, religion, and the physical form. This book continues to echo in my brain.”
— James Harrod, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC


"This one-of-a-kind novel . . . feels nothing less than vital."--The Guardian

"Phenomenal." --The New York Times

The critically acclaimed novel about art, love, death and time, from the author of Motherhood and How Should A Person Be?

Here we are, just living in the first draft of creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart.
In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home for school. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira's chest like a portal--to what, she doesn't know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and she enters the strange and dizzying dimension that true loss opens up.
Pure Colour tells the story of a life, from beginning to end. It is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and a shape-shifting epic. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.

About the Author

Sheila Heti is the author of ten books, including the children's book A Garden of Creatures, and the novels Motherhood, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine deemed one of the "New Classics" of the twenty-first century. She was named one of the "New Vangaurd" by the New York Times book critics, who, along with which a dozen other magazines and newspapers, chose Motherhood as a top book of 2018. Her novels have been translated into twenty-four languages. She lives in Toronto.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781039000018
ISBN-10: 1039000010
Publisher: Knopf Canadian Publishing
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English