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Sounds Like Titanic

Nonfiction: Memoir
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/12/2019

National Book Critics Circle Finalist
Goodreads Highly Anticipated Book of 2019

Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418756
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418763


A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician—or so she thinks.

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Product Description

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.


“[P]rovocative. … A tricky, unnerving, consistently fascinating memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Author Bio

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman has "performed" on PBS, QVC, and at concert halls worldwide. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Brevity, and Hippocampus.