The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing is a very intense personal narrative written from the perspective of someone who really doesn’t fit in with the cultural and religious norms of her society.
I avoided this book for quite a while, largely because it was one of those popular, “must read” books that didn’t really seem like a must-read. Sort of like The Da Vinci Code, yanno?
Anyways, I finally decided to try reading it as an audiobook because it went on sale via Audible, and I figured that it was less of a gamble in audiobook format. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have a lonely single book (of a trilogy) taunting me from my bookshelf – I’m a compulsive finisher of things – and there would be no harm, no foul if it was awful.
But it wasn’t!
First of all, let’s get something straight – that little blurb up there doesn’t tell the whole truth. The bit where it says that Lauren was a “theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition”? Yes, it’s true … but it doesn’t tell you that, in between dropping out and getting the tip about the audition, she worked as a stripper and an escort, and the “tip” came from a woman who had helped her get the escort job after working with her on a horrible indie lesbian vampire movie where they all ran around topless for the camera.
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book.
Just as I have been each time that I’ve read Persepolis, I was impressed yet again by Satrapi’s storytelling ability. In Embroideries, she introduces the reader to a variety of women all in one room together. The reader gets to see not only the individual personalities of these women, but also the ways in which they interact.