What if some of the artists we feel as if we know-Meryl Streep, Neil Young, Bill Murray-turned up in the course of our daily lives?
This is what happens to Rose McEwan, an ordinary woman who keeps having strange encounters with famous people. In this engrossing, original novel-in-stories, we follow her life from age 17, when she takes a summer writing course led by a young John Updike, through her first heartbreak (witnessed by Joni Mitchell) on the island of Crete, through her marriage, divorce, and a canoe trip with Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen and Karl Ove Knausgaard. (Yes, read on.)
With wit and insight, Marni Jackson takes a world obsessed with celebrity and turns it on its head. She shows us how fame is just another form of fiction, and how, in the end, the daily dramas of an ordinary woman's life can be as captivating and poignant as any luminary tell-all.
Marni Jackson has won numerous National Magazine Awards for her journalism, humor, and social commentary. Her non-fiction books have challenged popular thinking on subjects as diverse as the culture of motherhood and the treatment of pain. She has published in Rolling Stone, London Sunday Times, and every major Canadian magazine. Don't I Know You? is her first work of fiction.
"Delightful and audacious?Exquisitely written?Poignant and beautifully rendered." -Judith Timson, The Toronto Star "Nothing short of brilliant?[Jackson's] prose here is beautiful: simple, streamlined, quietly honest." -Tara Henley, The Toronto Star "Stopped me in my tracks?Magic." - The Globe and Mail "This playful journey will especially appeal to fiction lovers who are also pop culture fans." - Booklist "Whimsical?Ingenious." - Kirkus Reviews "Full of surprises? Jackson's prose is quicker than a mongoose, sharper than a scalpel-and full of read-aloud sentences. She takes the familiar and makes it fantastical and then makes it familiar again? and-best of all-you never see it coming." -Katherine Heiny, author of Single, Carefree, Mellow "A radiant new voice in fiction?A work of glaring imagination conjured with journalistic observation and instinct." -Terry McDonell, ASME Hall of Fame editor, author of The Accidental Life "Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking?Whip-smart “An intimate, indelible portrait of a woman's extraordinary life." - Semi Chellas, writer, co-executive producer, Mad Men