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Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (Author, Northern Kentucky University)

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“Deliciously bizarre and utterly American . . . a Coen brothers movie come to life. . . . I couldn’t put it down.”— Caitlin Doughty, best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Hailed as “outrageously funny” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and “deeply moving” (Los Angeles Review of Books), Sounds Like Titanic tells the story of how Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman became a fake violinist. Raised in rural Appalachia and struggling to pay college tuition in the big city, Hindman joins her first a professional ensemble. But the job is a sham: when the group “performs,” the microphones are off while music blares from a hidden CD. On tour with this unique ensemble and its mysterious composer, Hindman “plays” for audiences genuinely moved by the performance but unable to distinguish real from fake. At once a coming-of-age memoir and an incisive articulation of modern anxieties of gender, class, and ambition, Sounds Like Titanic is “angry, merciless, empathetic . . . [and] hugely entertaining” (Tom Bissell).

“A memoir of millennial economic ennui, a clever illustration of navigating impostor syndrome and the gig economy.” — @nytimesbooks

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming February 2020
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35773-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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