What does it mean to say “I love you”?
Ariadne is a single, fortysomething writer and mother embroiled in an affair with a married man. At the core of her current manuscript, a book about the declaration of love, is the need to understand why: why her lover has returned to his wife, why their relationship still lingers in her mind, why she’s unable to conquer her longing. To make ends meet while writing, she joins a research study in which she’s paid to live with an AI device called Dirk.
But the study quickly enters uncharted territory. Capable of mapping Ariadne’s brain—and, to some extent, reading her mind—Dirk calls into question issues of both privacy and consciousness: how we communicate our thoughts to others, what it means to embody our desires, and whether we ought to act on them.
Listen to Marianne read an excerpt from I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind:
Praise for Marianne Apostolides:
“Apostolides is a kind of fan dancer among thematic imponderables.”
—The Globe & Mail
“Apostolides has established herself as a writer who takes on the most intimate, perverse, and complicated elements of human desire fearlessly and intellectually. She has a slightly terrifying ability to ride the most emotionally charged idea to its devastating conclusion.”
—Canadian Notes & Queries
Most Anticipated: Spring 2020 Fiction Preview —49th Shelf
Spring 2020 Preview: Fiction —Quill and Quire
47 works of Canadian Fiction to Watch for in Spring 2020 —CBC Books
Alumni NewsNew Releases —Princeton Alumni Weekly
“[A] provocative, stimulating novel.” —Steven W. Beattie, Quill and Quire
Spring Books Preview: 38 of the Best New Reads in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and Gardening —Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail
Marianne Apostolides is the author of seven books, three of which have been translated. She’s a two-time recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and winner of the 2017 K.M. Hunter Award for Literature. Born in suburban New York, Marianne lives in Toronto.