WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORKER • THE GLOBE AND MAIL • VULTURE • CBC • GLAMOUR • READER'S DIGEST CANADA “True and newly alive.” —Los Angeles Times “One-of-a-kind. . . . nothing less than vital.” —The Guardian A new novel about art, love, death and time from the author of Motherhood and How Should A Person Be? Here we are, just living in the first draft of creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart. In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home for school. 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 the 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.