A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician—or so she thinks.
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.
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What would you do if you landed your dream job, but it turned out that the only thing you were allowed to do was lie? Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman’s wild memoir follows her brief and baffling career pretending to play classical music on tour with a total fraud who’s found success hawking CDs on infomercials. Hindman’s sense of humor cuts deep, and the flashbacks to her Appalachian childhood are stunning, nailing the small-town isolation that led her to New York and eventually this faux orchestra. Sounds Like Titanic is a spellbinding read that shows us how gunning for fame can lead straight to the gutter.
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Perfect blend of wit, sincerity and a keen perspective of American values&their impact
A coming of age story that cleverly and clearly depicts political social and economic issues during the span of a few decades and how the expectations of young girls have impacted them and the American way we’ve made excuses or justified misbehavior and inappropriate or unjust situations that have been socially accepted for centuries. The poignant story of how deeply these slights and unjust circumstances affected her personally and how she strove to overcome the stigma of not measuring up to the standards America holds their females up to, the oppression females are faced with daily and the desire to work even harder to get to where she feels she belongs and is able to live her life as she deserves without question doubt or judgment from her male counterparts or those who are deemed socially superior due to income and wealth. Such a refreshing honest witty perspective that resonates especially with women who were coming of age in the late 90s. Her honesty and raw emotions regarding injustices in other countries, to poor communities and women were spot on and her gift of writing is crystal clear. She’s found herself and she’s just spectacular