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9781662602320

Do You Remember Being Born? A Novel

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    9781662602320

  • ISBN10:

    1662602324

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2023-09-05
  • Publisher: Astra House

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Summary

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels's moving, innovative and deeply felt novel about an aging poet who agrees to collaborate with a Big Tech company’s poetry AI, named Charlotte

Marian Farmer is a world-renowned poet and a legend in the making; only now that she’s 75 years old, in the tender half of her life, can she finally believe in the security of her hard-earned successes. But for a poet, these successes don’t necessarily translate to capital, and as her adult son struggles to purchase his first home, she’s left to ponder the impact of her choices. Marian’s pristine life of mind—for which she’s sacrificed nearly all personal relationships, from romance to friendship to motherhood—has come at no insignificant cost.

Then comes a cryptic invitation from the Tech Company. Come to California, the invitation beckons, and write with a machine. The Company’s lucrative offer—for Marian to co-author a poem in a ‘historic partnership’ with their highly intelligent poetry bot, named Charlotte—chafes at everything she believes about artmaking as an individual pursuit . . . yet, it’s a second chance she can’t resist. And so to California she goes, a sell-out and a skeptic. But as unexpectedly welcome to Marian as suddenly being a financially reliable parent is her generative, growing fascination with the strange, inquisitive, and artificially but emotionally intelligent Charlotte.

Both a love letter to and interrogation of the nature of language, art, labor, capital, family, and community, Do You Remember Being Born? is Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels’s empathetic response to some of the most unsettling questions of our time—a defiant and joyful recognition that if we’re to survive meaningfully at all, creative legacy is to be reimagined and belonging to one’s art must mean, above all else, belonging to the world.

Author Biography

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog "Said the Gramophone." His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and (in translation) the Prix des libraires de Québec. His second novel, The Wagers, appeared in 2019. Both books were published in the US by Tin House. Sean’s award-winning writing has also appeared in The Observer, McSweeney's, The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Walrus and The Globe & Mail.

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