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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. Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how, and for whom, to live
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627790772
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 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.”

Jul 17, 2018

I had high hopes for this book, instead it was a struggle to get through. I have always wanted to be a mother and wanted another perspective from someone and this book did not fit the bill. Was not sad to finish this one.


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