Pure Colour (Paperback)
March 2022 Indie Next List
“Defying the novel, Sheila Heti proves her wisdom and imagination. The story begins innocently and then wonderfully morphs, ruminating on loss, companionship, religion, and the physical form. This book continues to echo in my brain.”
— James Harrod, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC
"This one-of-a-kind novel . . . feels nothing less than vital."--The Guardian "Phenomenal." --The New York Times The critically acclaimed novel about art, love, death and time, from the author of Motherhood and How Should A Person Be? Here we are, just living in the first draft of creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart.
In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home for school. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira's chest like a portal--to what, she doesn't know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and she enters the strange and dizzying dimension that true loss opens up.
Pure Colour tells the story of a life, from beginning to end. It is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and a shape-shifting epic. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.
About the Author
Sheila Heti is the author of ten books, including the children's book A Garden of Creatures, and the novels Motherhood, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine deemed one of the "New Classics" of the twenty-first century. She was named one of the "New Vangaurd" by the New York Times book critics, who, along with which a dozen other magazines and newspapers, chose Motherhood as a top book of 2018. Her novels have been translated into twenty-four languages. She lives in Toronto.