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.
Praise for Marianne Apostolides:
"I Can't Get You Out of My Mind is a grandly ambitious, genre-bending examination of the ambiguities and permutations that underlie our experience of love and the ways it affects us." --Quill and Quire
"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." --Andre Forget, Canadian Notes & Queries