This “novel from life” was published in Canada in 2010, then revised and published in the United States in 2012. It’s about making art in the contemporary world, the intense friendship between a painter named Margaux and a writer named Sheila, and about sex and art in an age in which the blow job is "the ultimate art form.” Time called How Should a Person Be? "among the most talked-about books of 2012." Its companion piece is the movie Teenager Hamlet by the artist Margaux Williamson (a pairing investigated here).

"Sheila Heti does know something about how many of us, right now, experience the world, and she has gotten that knowledge down on paper, in a form unlike any other novel I can think of."

- The New York Times

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