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Author: Marni Jackson Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781504783453
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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

  • “Stopped me in my tracks…Jackson’s writing is so smooth that it all feels real; anything seems possible…The result is magic.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “Jackson’s characters, real and purely fictional, ring true.”

    National Post

  • “Reframes our fascination with famous strangers, which can be as flippant as paging through Us Weekly in the checkout line or as passionate as a desperate teenage crush. In Jackson’s hands, that fascination is a kind of creativity―even a kind of art.”


  • “Nothing short of brilliant…[Jackson’s] prose here is beautiful: simple, streamlined, quietly honest.”

    Toronto Star

  • “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.”


  • “A writer’s life is studded with celebrity appearances in this whimsical collection of linked stories…[Jackson] finds many ingenious ways to play this game.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Carol Monda narrates this account of a fictional character named Rose as she encounters famous cultural icons from the 1960s to today. Monda shifts her delivery to represent the musicians, writers, actors, and artists who make appearances, including the recognizable patter of some. She uses Canadian pronunciations to provide a sense of place for this Toronto-based story.”


  • “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.”

    Katherine Heiny, author of Single, Carefree, Mellow

  • 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

  • “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…[an] indelible portrait of a woman’s extraordinary life.”

    Semi Chellas, writer and coexecutive producer of Mad Men

  • A 2016 Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books So Far Selection

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About the Author

Marni Jackson is a journalist, broadcaster, and author. Formerly the Rogers Chair for Creative Writing at Banff and senior editor at the Walrus, Jackson has a wide range of experience in the Canadian media. She is the author of The Mother Zone: Love, Sex, and Laundry in the Modern Family, a bestseller, as well as Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign. She lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Carol Monda is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished voice-over artist. She is also an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen.