Synopses & Reviews
A small masterpiece (National Post)--An utterly original first novel from a rising international star
On a cold, rainy night, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. Reviewing a life of petty humiliations, and his friend's brilliant career, Ticknor sets out for the dinner party--a party at which he'd just as soon never arrive.
Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study in resentment. It recalls such modern masterpieces of obsession as Thomas Bernhard's The Loser and Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine and announces the arrival of a charming and original novelist, one whose stories have already earned her a passionate international following.
A perceptive act of ventriloquism, Ticknor rewards thought and rereading, and offers a finely cadenced voice, intelligence and . . . moody beauty. --Catherine Bush, The Globe and Mail
Confoundedly strange and fascinating. --Nicholas Dinka, Quill & Quire
"The rancorous, interminable friendship between a Great Man and his envious, self-pitying biographer drives this cleverly coiled narrative....As deliciously intimate and clue-riddled as a Poe story."—Publishers Weekly
"Ticknor is one of this year's most enjoyable and formally impressive books."—The New York Sun
"Sheila Heti's touch is confident. She builds a memorable world inside the tiny space of Ticknor's anxious imagination, and we barely miss the air outside."—San Francisco Chronicle
"A pungent and hilarious study of bitterness and promise unfulfilled."—Boldtype
"Heti paints a full and rich character:curmudgeonly, downright pathetic, but surprisingly fascinating."—Bookforum "A par-ticularly satisfying puzzle: Hetis prose is the journey, and the destination."—The Village Voice "Heti packs more life and literary pleasure into Ticknor than most authors do in novels three or four times its length."—David Bezmozgis, author of Natasha
On a cold, rainy night, an aging bachelor named George Ticknor prepares to visit his childhood friend Prescott, a successful man who is now one of the leading intellectual lights of their generation. With a hastily baked pie in his hands, and a lifetime of guilt and insecurity weighing upon his soul, he sets out for the Prescotts' dinner party--a party at which he'd just as soon never arrive. Distantly inspired by the real-life friendship between the great historian William Hickling Prescott and his biographer, Ticknor is a witty, fantastical study of resentment; and a biting history of a one-sided friendship.
About the Author
Sheila Heti is the author of The Middle Stories, which was published by McSweeney's and has been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Dutch. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.