Don't I Know You? by Marni Jackson

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Our relationship with celebrities is a complicated business. We don’t really know them, but we feel like we do because of the way we interact with their art and the way their art interacts with big moments in our lives. Jackson helps to make sense of this by bringing celebrities into the fold of daily life. The result is magic.
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Synopsis

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. 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.

 

About Marni Jackson

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Marni Jackson is best known for her award-winning, bestselling nonfiction in Canada. She has won numerous National Magazine Awards for her journalism, humor and social commentary. Her books have challenged popular thinking on subjects as diverse as the culture of motherhood and the treatment of pain. She has been a book columnist for The Globe and Mail, a senior editor at The Walrus, and has published in Rolling Stone, London Sunday Times, and every major Canadian magazine. Don’t I Know You? is her first work of fiction.
 
Published September 27, 2016 by Flatiron Books. 257 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Marissa Stapley on Nov 22 2016

Our relationship with celebrities is a complicated business. We don’t really know them, but we feel like we do because of the way we interact with their art and the way their art interacts with big moments in our lives. Jackson helps to make sense of this by bringing celebrities into the fold of daily life. The result is magic.

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Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Dec 02 2016

Will interest in these stories wane as interest in the real life celebrities wanes, as surely it must? But it will be a long day before we lose interest in Leonard Cohen or even Bill Murray. If nothing else, these stars remind us of the amazing durability of certain kinds of fame.

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