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.