The Canadian has become a literary sensation in the US with a novel drawing heavily on her own life and philosophy. Here she talks about art, female friendship and sexual honesty
How Should a Person Be? is structured like a literary version of reality TV. The narrator, Sheila, is a playwright, recently divorced, who is suffering from writer's block. In real life Heti had just divorced her husband of three years, and was trying to write a play for a feminist theatre company – which instead became How Should a Person Be?.