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Sheila Heti has transformed her serialized diary into a novel called Alphabetical Diaries. It joins her other works of intimate autofiction, exploring themes of marriage, motherhood, and grief.
A diary is an interesting project for Heti, who has already recounted the disintegration of her marriage in her breakout novel How Should a Person Be?, wrestled with whether to have a child in Motherhood, and grieved her father's death in the Governor General's Award-winning Pure Colour.
Heti is a prolific diarist, following the tradition of famous writers like the Brontë sisters, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, and Susan Sontag, who used their journals to explore the boundary between public and private life.
The self's report on itself is surely a great fiction," Heti said in the New York Times.