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Summary

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood - whether or not to have children - with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim. 

Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti’s narrator considers, with the same urgency, the question of whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, her body, her family, mysticism and chance, Heti's narrator struggles to make a wise and meaningful choice. 

In the semi-diaristic mode of a woman in conversation with herself, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions, including whether this pivotal decision can even be considered ‘a decision’ at all.

©2018 Sheila Heti (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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I can’t believe one negative review made me wait so long to listen to this

I found this book hugely relatable and an honest exploration of ambivalence towards motherhood. I feel less alone.

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  • 21-08-18

Not Interesting, reads like a hipster novel.

Self-involved, fretful, whining, and boring as hell. I was very much looking forward to this book but have thrown in the towel. Apologies to all who have enjoyed it, as many of my friends have.

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I loved it

I enjoyed listening to this book, it was so interesting to hear the views on Motherhood and women's life. The voice reading the book was very pleasant and expressive making it very enjoyable experience.

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What a winge

I don't know what I was hoping for with this. I'd vaguely heard about it through book chats and motherhood is something I talk about a lot with friends - to do it - not to do it - etc - and I think I was hoping for something useful, engaging and balanced.
Instead, I found myself longing for it to end because it is a hugely boring winge winge winge. Perhaps it shouldn't have been read by the author. Not all authors are also voice actors (in fact, quite few) but I think even if I had read this I would have just come away with a slightly depressive vision of someone who hasn't got a lot to say.

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Raw honest and relatable

what a wonderful book, filled with every question that woman of this era face. I'm at the age where I'm seen as prime child bearing age, but I'm still not sure if that's something I should act on or want. Every question and thought she had I have also had. It was very comforting to know that there is another person on the same journey of asking whether they want to enter motherhood, and it's not just a question of when.

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Powerful and illuminating.

If you are wrestling with the question of motherhood read this book. It will answer your questions even the ones you daren't ask.