#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.
"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
Other titles by Marni Jackson
Real Life Page-Turners
A Collection of Inspiring, Heartbreaking, Terrifying (sometimes funny) True Stories
Rock, Paper, Fire
Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing, the
The Myth of the Empty Nest
The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction
The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt