Motherhood by Shelia Heti | Book Review


Pages: 304
Publication: Penguin Publishing Group
Release date: June 7, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 3/5

Motherhood is an honest depiction of what woman in early adulthood face. With urgency and pressures to answer the question, “do I want to have children?”, “do I want to have children with the person I’m with?”, “am I making a mistake?”, “do I REALLY want children?!”.

The story follow’s the same character over several years while she battles with the decision of if she should have children with the influences of her partner, body, family, friends, mysticism, and chance.

While Motherhood reads like a collection of essay’s, it’s fiction that includes a few random scattered photos throughout. I wasn’t sure how to feel about this. There’s a lot of back and forth throughout the entire story that becomes repetitive but I enjoyed the overall meaning of the plot. What does it mean to be a mother? How does one know when is the right time to become a mother? Or how does one know if they even want to be a mother at all?

The topic of this book is great to create meaningful and positive discussion. Along with the topic being very relatable. Regardless to the fact that, as a reader, the answer to this characters question is obvious but she seems to second guess herself and does not want to regret her decision. Which is realistic but I found the back and forth happened too many times. The author has already made the point across but keeps going. It feels as if the author’s really hitting us on the head with it.

The story does only focus on the conventional way of being a mother and lacks the discussion of the other ways one could become a mother without one personally giving birth and “running out of time”.

I enjoyed reading Motherhood for its honesty and vulgarity. However, the story lacks diversity and for the most part is frustratingly repetitive.

*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*