In Motherhood, Sheila Heti treats one of the most universal questions women ask themselves: Should I have children? In the course of the book, Heti's nameless writer narrator comes to terms with the truth of what she has always known: she does not want children. While I applaud Heti for her openness in this book, it is not one I would recommend because the book very quickly begins to seem like a lot of navel-gazing. I think it is great that Heti wrote down all these reflections on a topic that obviously bothered her, but her worries are often repetitive and self-indulgent. I did not like this book and grew to dislike Heti's narrator more and more. Definitely the weakest of the 2018 Giller contenders.
I loved this book about considering Motherhood. Every thinking woman ponders these ideas or as the author says, “wrestles,” with them but to few openly discuss them and many di not until the deed is done. I am looking firward to discussing this book at my bookclub. We are all grandmothers now . It is a difficult subject and the author has opened up so many ideas for discussion and private thoughts. She has broken barriers. Well done!