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Chopsticks
by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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....

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595144355
  • ISBN-10: 1595144358
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publish Date: February 2012
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-12-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. (Feb.)

 
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