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Do You Remember Being Born?

Fiction: Fantasy
Unabridged   9.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/26/2023

Do You Remember Being Born?

A Novel

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696613323


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.

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Marian Ffarmer is a world-renowned poet and a legend in the making—but only now, at seventy-five years old, is she beginning to believe in the security of her successes. Unfortunately, a poet's accomplishments don't necessarily translate to capital, and as her adult son struggles to buy his first home, her confidence in her choices begins to fray. Marian's pristine life of mind—for which she's sacrificed nearly all personal relationships, from romance to friendship to motherhood—has come at a 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 coauthor a poem in a 'historic partnership' with their cutting-edge 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, for an encounter that will unsettle her life, her work, and even her understanding of kinship.

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 disquieting questions of our time.

Author Bio

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer, and critic. He is the founder of pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, The Wagers, appeared in 2019.