"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
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As Heti notes, she has based this slender, first-person work on American George Ticknor's mid-19th-century biography of historian William Hickling Prescott, but the lonely, querulous voice of her invented George is all her own.| Read Full Review of Ticknor: A Novel
(Ticknor even wrote Prescott’s biography in 1863, a tome which co-incidentally served as Heti’s inspiration for writing this novel.) I don’t want to go too harsh on Heti as word in the rumour mill suggests that she is something of a rarity in writing circles for someone welding her level of power...May 03 2005 | Read Full Review of Ticknor: A Novel
On a rainy night, George Ticknor departs for his friend William Prescott’s dinner party, carrying a pie.Mar 04 2007 | Read Full Review of Ticknor: A Novel
The novel is a blend of the real and the imaginary—and somehow, in the process of recording her life, real Sheila blends into fictional Sheila, creating a work of metafiction that is playful, funny, wretched, and absolutely true.Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Ticknor: A Novel
“I can see the bicycles tied to the poles and the drooping awnings and my soiled shoes.” Ticknor’s story is told by Ticknor himself, to himself, in a complex version of the first person that renders wonderfully the near-second person that we use when we talk to ourselves: “There was a woman I lov...Jul 24 2007 | Read Full Review of Ticknor: A Novel