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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With its backdrop of cultural touchstones that define the passing generations, this playful journey will especially appeal to fiction lovers who are also pop culture fans.”

    Booklist

  • “A writer’s life is studded with celebrity appearances in this whimsical collection of linked stories…Jackson, a Canadian magazine journalist making her fiction debut, finds many ingenious ways to play this game.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • 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

  • “I knew Marni Jackson first as a gifted, intrepid journalist. Now I know her (suddenly and obviously) as a radiant new voice in fiction. Don’t I Know You? is sexy and shrewd, a work of glaring imagination conjured with journalistic observation and instinct.”

    Terry McDonell, author of The Accidental Life

  • “There is so much to praise in this brilliant collection: Marni Jackson’s daring and intelligence, her gentle humor and unencumbered prose, her eye for the beautiful and hidden, and, above all, her creation of a heroine as appealing and valiant as any I’ve encountered in recent fiction.”

    Barbara Gowdy, award-winning author of The White Bone

  • “Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, this whip-smart debut imagines its heroine through a series of encounters with celebrities, creating an intimate, indelible portrait of a woman’s extraordinary life.”

    Semi Chellas, writer and coexecutive producer of Mad Men

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