** SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2023**
** WINNER OF THE 2022 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD IN FICTION**
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, The Times Literary Supplement, and more
‘Beautiful and impossible to put down. Sheila Heti is a genius.’ Avni Doshi
‘This one-of-a-kind novel… feels nothing less than vital.‘ Observer
‘Pure Colour is an original, a book that says something new for our difficult times.’ Anne Enright, Guardian
‘A treat to read.’ Stylist
What if this world is just a first draft, made by some great artist in order to be destroyed?
In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home to study. 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 that 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.
PRAISE FOR SHEILA HETI:
‘Exhilarating…it made me want to write’ Sally Rooney, on How Should a Person Be?
‘Sheila Heti has broken new ground’ Rachel Cusk, on Motherhood
‘Complex, artfully messy and hilarious’ Miranda July, on How Should a Person Be?
‘Thrilling, very funny, and almost unbearably moving’ Garth Greenwell, on Motherhood
‘Courageous, necessary, visionary’ Elif Batuman, on Motherhood