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ISBN13: 9781595144355
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After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."

But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....

Review:

"Prominent book designer Corral and adult author Anthony (The Convalescent) chronicle the descent of a teenage piano prodigy, telling her story completely through photographs, IM conversations, news clippings, and artwork. Seventeen-year-old Glory Fleming has been playing piano since age seven, but something happened to her mother sometime after Glory's first recital (Glory and her father's 'Merry Christmas 2000' holiday card, seen in a scrapbook, offers thanks 'for your support during this difficult year'). Years later, Glory's star is on the rise — ads and brochures show her playing major venues worldwide — but there are also signs that she's cracking under the pressure, including her growing obsession with the waltz 'Chopsticks.' When an Argentinean boy, Frank Mendoza, moves in next door, a passionate romance ignites. That's how it looks, anyway; small visual details slowly allow another narrative to develop. Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature, yet seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents, rather than reading about them, makes the book's punches hit hard. An electronic version of the book, with audio and video, will be available simultaneously. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".

Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.

About the Author

Jessica Anthony's debut novel The Convalescent (McSweeney's, 2009) received abundant critical praise.

Rodrigo Corral (www.rodrigocorral.com) has designed Classy by Derek Blasberg, Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the covers of numerous award winning and bestselling titles. This is their first collaboration.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, March 12, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
As Chopsticks opens, Glory Fleming, child prodigy that critics hailed as “the Brecht of the Piano,” has gone missing from the rest home where she was staying and being treated for exhaustion. Only 17 at the time, Glory has already played at top venues in the U.S. and Europe, and she is renowned for her modern innovations on classical pieces.

From this beginning, the story of what happened to Glory is slowly revealed through scrapbook cuttings, photos, drawings and more. We see photos of her parents’ marriage, her pregnant mother, and notices of her mother’s death when Glory was only 8. As she grows, her progress is seen through recital programs from Carnegie Hall, articles in “The New Yorker,” and photos of Glory with her piano-teacher dad.

In high school a boy from Argentina move next door, and Glory’s life expands a bit. They start to spend time together, sharing playlists, texting each other, and hanging out. But when Glory is scheduled on a European tour and Frank’s grades spiral down, both begin to spin out of control.

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral use innovative storytelling techniques to keep you turning pages looking for clues to what happens to Glory and Frank. Readers can check out links to YouTube videos that highlight performances from the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks, Hoagy Carmichael playing the Chopsticks waltz and more. The combination of words, images and video create a compelling story through to the end.

I recommend Chopsticks for readers aged 14 and up.
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MsKurf, February 19, 2012 (view all comments by MsKurf)
This novel's story is told entirely through photographs, which hold the promise of secrets that will unlock the story at second glance. They demand to be returned to: scoured and compared and reveled in as you follow the story and then retrace your steps when the mysterious ending is revealed.

At the start, you learn that piano prodigy Gloria "Glory" Fleming has gone missing. Then, you are taken back to the beginning and shown in detail the 18 months prior to her disappearance.

Chopsticks is the story of young love. It's the story of a piano prodigy. It's the story of desperation, madness, and a family wound tightly by tragedy, like a piece of piano wire.

When you finish this gorgeous, spare novel, you will flip back through it, hunting for clues about the meaning of the ending. To find these clues, you will scour the photos that fill its 300+ pages. Photos of articles with phrases underlined in red, photos of pencil drawings, wine bottles, love notes, and even photos of photos.

It is a story unlike any you have ever seen. It will engage your mind and your eye; your sense of mystery and your sense of aesthetics. However, it left my emotions relatively untouched - there is a distance and a coldness that comes when you place the story outside its characters.

You, the reader, are an observer. You are flipping through a family album that depicts mystery and tragedy. You are a detective; you are solving a puzzle.

You are not, however, a friend and sympathetic listener to the lonely heroine. You cannot comfort her, and your are not invited into her heart or her thoughts. The closest you come to her is by viewing handwritten notes and hand-drawn art, the utterances of a soul.

Read it for its beauty and its puzzle, but do not seek a friend in its pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595144355
Author:
Anthony, Jessica
Publisher:
Razorbill
Author:
Corral, Rodrigo
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
37.25 x 10.75 x 6.5 in 15 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prominent book designer Corral and adult author Anthony (The Convalescent) chronicle the descent of a teenage piano prodigy, telling her story completely through photographs, IM conversations, news clippings, and artwork. Seventeen-year-old Glory Fleming has been playing piano since age seven, but something happened to her mother sometime after Glory's first recital (Glory and her father's 'Merry Christmas 2000' holiday card, seen in a scrapbook, offers thanks 'for your support during this difficult year'). Years later, Glory's star is on the rise — ads and brochures show her playing major venues worldwide — but there are also signs that she's cracking under the pressure, including her growing obsession with the waltz 'Chopsticks.' When an Argentinean boy, Frank Mendoza, moves in next door, a passionate romance ignites. That's how it looks, anyway; small visual details slowly allow another narrative to develop. Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature, yet seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents, rather than reading about them, makes the book's punches hit hard. An electronic version of the book, with audio and video, will be available simultaneously. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".

Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.

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