This book was recommended to me and I must admit that I had never heard of Dessa, her music, or her writing; so, before starting, I listened to some of her music on Bandcamp. Dessa’s music is beautiful and haunting and sad, but not as ground-breaking as I thought it would be after reading some reviews. The same could be said about the book, I guess.
What did I
expect from this book? A lot of talking about her music and writing, probably,
but to my surprise and delight, I was wrong: the book is a collection of essays
depicting Dessa’s childhood, family, relationships, and life while being an
artist, but it rarely talks directly about music. It does, however, talk a lot
about her obsessive love for her ex-boyfriend.
Some of the
essays are better than others (which is to be expected): at worst they drift
into a bit of pretentious rambling (only sometimes), at best they tell
compelling stories about life as an artist and navigating through a strange