Sheila Heti's second book is this novel, published by FSG. It's based on the real-life friendship between two Boston Brahmins, George Ticknor and William Hickling Prescott. The book reimagines Ticknor (who was in real life Prescott's biographer) as a loner and a failure. The story is narrated in Ticknor's head as he walks to Prescott's house for a dinner party, consumed with envy.

"Ticknor... is a work brilliantly crafted to deliver its revelations and redemptions. It is stylish and slim, but original, and full of feeling."

- Esquire

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