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Fiction Literary

Don't I Know You?


by (author) Marni Jackson

Flatiron Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
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    Oct 2017
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#1 bestseller in Canada: a debut novel-in-stories that follows one woman's life from age 16 to 60, and what happens when certain celebrities start turning up in her private life.
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. InDon't I Know You?, 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.

About the author

Marni Jackson is a Toronto journalist, author, and editor whose work has appeared in Outside, explore, The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, The Walrus, and Brick, among other publications. Her writing has won numerous National Magazine Awards and she is the author of three books of non-fiction. From 2006–2009, Marni was Rogers Chair of the Literary Journalism program at The Banff Centre, a month-long residency for professional non-fiction writers.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

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