Stacey D'Erasmo's new novel WONDERLAND is a look into the life of a 40-something female rock star and that moment when she decides whether to go all-in or give up on her dreams. It's about Anna Brundage, a one-time indie-sensation who disappeared from the spotlight - and walked off the scene for seven years. Without a record deal or clamoring fans, she sells a piece of her famous father's art to finance just one more album and a European comeback tour.
WONDERLAND examines the life of a woman on an unconventional path, wondering what happens next and what her passions might have cost her. The idea of the book came to Stacey, in part, because of a phenomenon she had noticed of musicians and artists, especially women, coming back to the cultural scene after long absences: Patti Smith, Linda Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Deal, etc. She did a ton of research to write the book: including going on tour with the band Scissor Sisters in Europe. "As we traveled around," Stacey tells it, "people coming to hang out with the band would look at me, clearly older, clearly not a musician, and they'd say, 'So, um, who are you?' And I'd say, 'I'm the novelist.' Like every band has one." I love that story. And she has many more.
Join Stacey for the launch of her book tonight at 7:30 at Powell's (1005 W Burnside) with local Portland musician Rebecca Gates (Spinanes/Sub Pop) and Portland-based screenwriter/novelist Jonathan Raymond.