This book is strange, unique, a little confusing and great all at the same time.
It sounds like a self help book, reads like a twisted memoir but is defined as a novel.
I finished the book about 2 weeks ago and it is still lingering in my mind - in a good way. Partly because it is so strange but mostly because it made me think. Think about myself and relationships and ultimately how I think a person should be.
The book begins in a bad marriage and ends in self discovery. It is smart and witty and often very real. It discusses the not so pretty side of relationships and the tough choices we are often faced with while trying to better ourselves and figure out the kind of person we wish to be.
The book drops you into Sheila's life while she is in a tough transition. You follow her around in her everyday interactions and slowly realize you are moving along with her. You are leaning while she is learning and reflecting while she is reflecting. The book is not flashy or overdone. The simplicity is what makes the book so great. It is relatable even if your life is not like Sheila's. You may have a friend like her or been through a transition like her. She asks her self tough questions through out the story and they are ones to pay attention to and think about for yourself.
This is the first novel I've read by author Sheila Heti but it will not be my last. She writes in a style unlike any other and it felt refreshing to read work from an interesting intelligent woman.