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Not like a novelist

Sheila Heti has struck hard against the male literary scene, as all the fuss shows

By Richard Beck   February 2013


Sheila Heti: the new Philip Roth? © Getty Images

How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti (Harvill Secker, £15)

How Should A Person Be? is Sheila Heti’s second novel. Its narrator is a 36-year-old woman named Sheila Heti, who, like the author, lives in Toronto and spends her days in conversation with friends about how best to live and make art. Much of this extraordinary book’s dialogue is taken from recordings of conversations that actually occurred.

“As people feel life,” Henry James wrote, “so they will feel the…

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