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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing; Reprint edition (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936365901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936365906
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Sheila Heti: "Her prose is brilliantly crafted and everything about her stories is surprising and yet rings true." -- "Hour"

About the Author

Sheila Heti is the author of the novel, "Ticknor" (FSG), and the novel-from-life, "How Should a Person Be?" (Anansi) which is forthcoming in the U.S. from Henry Holt in the summer of 2012. She recently published an illustrated book for children, "We Need a Horse" (McSweeney's McMullens) featuring paintings by Clare Rojas, and a book of philosophy/essays/self-help with Misha Glouberman called "The Chairs Are Where the People Go" (Faber and Faber). Her work has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Vietnamese and Serbian. Her writing has appeared in "The New York Times," "n+1," "McSweeney's," "Brick," "Geist," "Maisonneuve," "Bookforum," "The Guardian," and other places.

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By John G. Mcmahon on 30 Jun. 2014
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Bought as a present for daughter. Great cover.
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Amazing. 24 Feb. 2013
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I love these stories! They are weird, strange, bizarre, quirky, compelling, evocative, and speak to me. Shelia has a way with words that makes you feel like you are a part of the tales and as if the narrarator is speaking directly to you, in the room with you. Miss heti is very talented. She is not afraid to be weird and I like that in an author.

And yes, these short stories are not typical. There is a distinct feel to them. Whether it is the non-linear aspect of some or what, I can't say. Like I mentioned before, they spoke to me. They are not for everyone, most people will find them boring or too "artsy" for their liking. Please, give them a chance. Open yourself up to a different perspective.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
loved it 10 Aug. 2013
By number23 - Published on
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all the great things you've heard about sheila heti are true -- she's one of the best living contemporary canadian novelists out there
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
disturbing yet understated nightmares 1 May 2003
By K. Palla - Published on
Format: Paperback
Heti's series of short stories were incredibly surreal yet wholly believable.The undercurrent running throughout is the same one you would expirence in a nightmare where nothing blood-and-guts horrible occurs, but you feel a building sense of or horror anyway. It is disquieting, unsettling, sometimes strangely funny, and I was hooked. For some reason parts of the book reminded me of a Dali painting. This is also one of the few books I've seen who's cover is just as innovative as the stories themselves.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Heti is the real deal 1 April 2003
By OilCanBoyd - Published on
Format: Paperback
the OilCan has to give it up for McSweeney's. This collection will wake you out of your obviously humdrum life. The stories are fantastic and will stay with you long after the reading process is done. O Canada
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Whimsical but Slight 11 Jan. 2007
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Format: Hardcover
Stories that reimagine fairy tales, stories that take odd surrealistic turns, and yet these felt slight to me, not fully imagined, but abandoned.
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