Author: Sheila Heti
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Literary Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
It took me a while to get into “Motherhood” by Sheila Heti. I was under the impression that this one would also be an easy read, just like, “How Should A Person Be?”, however, I was mistaken. “Motherhood” also because of the content and obviously the writing style (which is mostly meta in my opinion), makes it a little of a tough read. If you are prepared to battle through the first couple of pages, you are in for a treat.
“Motherhood” as the title suggests is obviously about motherhood but beyond that, it questions what a woman loses or gains when she becomes a mother. At first, it comes across as a strange book even, given there is no plot really and when you read the narrator’s life and her point of view, then everything falls into place.
Her experiences, her friends’ experiences, people who have children and people who don’t; they all play a major role in building her as a person and yet at the core of it is the question of motherhood – related to body, philosophy, society, and womanhood.
More than anything, the book is about a woman’s body and her choices, which are hers alone. The writing, as usual,l is solid, drifting and changing forms (which I enjoyed a lot by the way) that propels the book to another level.
“Motherhood” celebrates every aspect of being a woman and I am so glad it does. At the heart of it, Heti is also writing about femininity and vocation, mortality and empowerment and the history of it all. She breaks the mould of what is being a mother and what isn’t and gives room for ideas and opinions that are different to breathe and prosper. Sheila Heti is truly one of a kind writer according to me.