What does it mean to say ‘I love you’? What do you hear when I speak those words at night, in bed—in the bunkbed as I tuck my children tight in their sheets—or maybe the bed is his, by the window, and I whisper ‘I love you’ as he takes my hips in his hands.
Ariadne is a single, forty-something writer and mother embroiled in an affair with a married man. At the core of her current work, a manuscript 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. Lacking answers and struggling financially, she joins a study in which she’s paid to live with an AI device called Dirk.
But the study enters unchartered territory. Capable of mapping Ariadne’s brain—to some extent reading her mind—the AI 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.
A riveting story about the foundational feelings between lovers and whether these emotions can be logically controlled or rationally understood, I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind asks what it means to be human—to be physical creatures endowed with a conscious mind, aware of our finitude—and to love.
The book will be published in April 2020, but you can pre-order your copy now.
For information on the book’s origin, and to read various excerpts from an earlier version of the book, please see the section On Writing.