'They basically had a shrine up for me – a bunch of pictures that they would look at. I didn’t see or speak to them in all that time.’
With her shy eyes, quick blush and teenager’s diction (in which every sentence sounds like a question), van Etten seems much younger than her 31 years.
We’ve met at an Italian restaurant, a charmingly dated (and completely packed) cream and mint confection decorated with pastoral scenes of the type a talented 10-year-old might produce. Van Etten loves it.
'It’s so cute! It reminds me of where I grew up in New Jersey.’ Her hometown, Nutley,