Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
…the central importance of an unheard chord, the chord that is never played, that chord that happens after the music ends. How had I missed it for so long? It’s the sound you don’t quite hear, the reversion coming off the top or the side or the edges of a note. Not a silence but a potential sound, a space exactly the shape of what the sound is about to be. Invisible, inaudible, and yet revelatory, what finishes and composes the sequence retrospectively; you discover that it was all going in the end, to the chord that isn’t heard but is only anticipated. Which is to say the last chord happens in the mind of the listener, as he is remembering a sound which in reality he has never heard before. The unheard chord feels like, must feel like, a memory.
Oh boy. I apologize about the book dump I’m about to do. 😉
This is a fictional account about a washed up rockstar and her lifestyle. After hitting it hard in her younger days, she decides to comeback with a force of reckoning. Her finale. Beautifully written in the form of what is almost music, we take a trip through Europe and the mind of a very sad, deranged woman whose life of drugs, sex and music defined her career.
I liked this book and found it beautifully written. It was a bit hard to follow at first but for the most part, highly readable. You draw connected to the MC and the cast of shadows that is her past as she tries to remeber who she is and where the music lies.
Recommended to fans of music bios (though fiction) or if you just want a dark good read.