Don't I Know You?
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: September 2016
Duration: 7 hours 51 minutes
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 seventeen, 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. In Don'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.
"Don't I Know You? is full of surprises in the best possible way. A premise so unlikely you could never describe it and writing so beautiful you could never believe it. 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. It's an almost impossible achievement, yet Jackson does it again and again, and?best of all?you never see it coming."-Katherine Heiny, author of Single, Carefree, Mellow