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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"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. But her crusty timbre detracts from the parts of the audiobook depicting Rose's early years. Furthermore, the fun concept suffers from repetition. While the book is episodic, with no real character development or plot, Monda manages to deliver the surreal situations in ways listeners may find charming. Ultimately though, Rose's everyday encounters with celebrities prove unsatisfying. R.T. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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