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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Motherhood

A Novel

Sheila Heti

Henry Holt and Co.

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Flipping three coins on a desk. Two or three heads—yes. Two or three tails—no.

Is this book a good idea?

yes

Is the time to start it now?

yes

Here, in Toronto?

yes

So then there’s nothing to be worried about?

yes

Yes, there’s nothing to be worried about?

no

Should I be worried?

yes

What should I be worried about? My soul?

yes

Will reading help my soul?

yes

Will being quiet help my soul?

yes

Will this book help my soul?

yes

So then I’m doing everything right?

no

Am I handling my relationship wrong?

no

Am I wrong in ignoring the suffering of others?

no

Am I wrong in ignoring the political world?

no

Am I wrong in not being grateful for the life I have?

yes

And the things I can do with it, having this time and prosperity?

no

Having my particular being?

yes

Is the time for worrying about my particular being over?

yes

Is this the time to begin thinking about the soul of time?

yes

Do I have everything I need to begin?

yes

Should I start at the beginning and move straight through to the end?

no

Should I do whatever I feel like, then stitch it all together later?

no

Should I start at the beginning, not knowing what will come next?

yes

Is this conversation the beginning?

yes

How about those rolls of colored tape Erica bought me, sitting over there. Should I use them somehow?

no

Should I just let them sit there and look at them?

no

Should I give them back to her?

no

Should I hide them from sight?

yes

In the cupboard?

yes.


Copyright © 2018 by Sheila Heti.