A writer’s activity is studded with celebrity appearances in this amusing accumulating of linked stories.
When we accommodated Rose at 17 in 1963, she’s a apprentice at a summer arts affairs in the Canadian countryside area an American columnist who has afresh appear a “novel about an crumbling basketball player” is the visiting autograph instructor. But the young John Updike is beneath confused by Rose’s autograph aptitude than her long, bistered legs, Bermuda shorts, and analogous check tops, and by the end of the summer Rose will accept abstruse added about the agnosticism of men than the autograph of fiction. In consecutive stories, she’ll go on a date with Bill Murray, be stalked by Charlotte Rampling, and allotment a baseborn kiss with Bob Dylan afterwards he mysteriously crashes her family’s summer vacation. Fourteen belief and 50 years later, she’s had a facial from Gwyneth Paltrow and alarmist anaplasty by a bashed Keith Richards, ambagious things up by demography a canoe cruise with Leonard Cohen, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Taylor Swift. Jackson, a Canadian magazine announcer authoritative her fiction debut, finds abounding able means to play this game, but the affection of the belief is inconsistent, and there’s not much to accumulate you activity except to see which acclaimed name is next. The best emotionally developed allotment is additionally one of the cleverest, “Free Love,” in which Rose and her boyfriend, Nick, run into Joni Mitchell in the Cretan apple of Matala. All the capacity of the ambience appear from Mitchell’s song “Carey”: the silver, the wine, the wind in from Africa, Carey himself. As Nick throws himself unabashedly into an activity with the babe in the abutting cave, Rose becomes increasingly miserable. As Joni puts it in a heart-to-heart at the Mermaid Café, “This free-love thing. It’s bullshit.”
A one-trick pony, with a appealing acceptable trick.
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.
Don't I Know You?
- BookDon't I Know You?
- Author:Marni Jackson
- Publishing Date:2016-09-27
- Publisher:Flatiron Books
- Number Of pages:256