Local author Jessica Hindman's upcoming memoir Sounds Like Titanic — slated to be released Feb. 13 — has landed on Goodread's "43 Highly Anticipated Books of 2019."
The memoir marks her full-length debut. Hindman, who works as a creative writing professor at Northern Kentucky University, has previously been published in McSweeney's, The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Brevity and various other outlets. The memoir, as cited in a description on publisher W.W. Norton's site, tells the true story of a young woman — Hindman — an aspiring professional violinist, who leaves Appalachia after being offered a job with a professional ensemble in New York City.
"But the ensemble proves to be a sham," the description reads. "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."
The memoir delves into Hindman's disillusion as a performer, causing her to reevaluate her sense of identity and grapple with imposter syndrome.
"Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story," the description continues. "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."
The upcoming memoir also landed the 13th spot on Hello Giggle's 50 most anticipated books of 2019 to add to your reading list" and Atlanta Georgia News' "10 Southern books we want to read in 2019."
(Full disclosure: While attending NKU, I had Hindman as a professor.)