In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation.
In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti's intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice.After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home.
Sheila Heti is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker. She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, and is the former Interviews Editor for The Believer magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Harper's, and n+1.
Adelle Waldman’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice and other publications. Waldman worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Her first novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., has been called one of 2013’s best books by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate, The Economist, NPR, Fresh Air, The National Journal, Bookforum, The National Post, BookPage, The Guardian (UK), Cosmopolitan, Elle, Baltimore City Paper and The Irish Times. It was also named a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book. The novel will soon be translated into Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and other languages. Waldman lives in Brooklyn with her husband.