Books by Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of the story collection The Middle Stories and the novel Ticknor, which was recently released in Canada and will be published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006. For the past three years, she has run Trampo


THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2018  by Sheila Heti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Literary culture is in good hands in this top-shelf collection."
A decade and a half after its inception, the annual "nonrequired reading" continues along its quirky path—so quirky at times, in fact, that the editors want us to know that "no one was on drugs when we put it together." Read full book review >
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"It's one thing to have the reader's sympathy and another to hold the reader's interest."
Canadian fiction writer Heti (How Should a Person Be?, 2012, etc.) delves into the vexed question of motherhood and what the choice between having or not having a child means, culturally and personally. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN CLOTHES by Sheila Heti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"'What are my values?' one woman asks. 'What do I want to express?' Those questions inform the multitude of eclectic responses gathered in this delightfully idiosyncratic book."
A quirky anthology exploring the meaning of clothes. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"A motley assortment of writers eloquently demonstrate that there is no single 'writing process'; there are myriad."
Editors at Believer magazine present an eclectic series of interviews. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2012

"Pretentious navel-gazing without the humor of HBO's Girls, which covers similar terrain."
Toronto-based Heti (Ticknor, 2006, etc.) and her real-life friends, including Misha Glouberman with whom she wrote a previous book (Where the Chairs Are Where the People Go, 2011), are central characters in this meandering novel that attempts to erase the line between fact and fiction. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2011

"Perceptive musings ready-made for artistically inspired readers and those with short attention spans."
A bounty of short, sound advice and commentary from a Canadian improvisational-theatre instructor. Read full book review >
WE NEED A HORSE by Sheila Heti
ANIMALS
Released: June 7, 2011

"As John J Muth's sublime Zen Shorts (2005) proved, philosophy is not inimical to this age group—but, by golly, this title is. (Picture book. Adult)"
A fine example of the worst that can happen when adult novelists condescend to write for children. Read full book review >
TICKNOR by Sheila Heti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"With this austere one-note monologue, Heti offers a plate of sour grapes. Ultimately, her work is not daring or terribly experimental."
A difficult novella that's a riff on literature's outsiders and insiders; it's the second experimental work from this young Canadian author, following her collection The Middle Stories (2001, not reviewed). Read full book review >