Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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This is some weird-yet-brilliant stuff! Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman can’t believe her luck when she lands an ensemble job with a famous American composer. That he gaslights audiences with dead mics is fascinating enough, but Jessica’s descriptions of her burgeoning anxiety and interrogations of American success, authenticity, and mediocrity ratchet the intrigue factor up further. And when you start to Google around (and you probably will), I’d recommend playing the violin music about which Hindman writes, and maybe even The Composer’s music, too. -Alex

— From Spring Booknotes 2019


When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs," the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she "plays" for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake.

Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women, and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393651645
ISBN-10: 0393651649
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English