Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

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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....

About Jessica Anthony

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Jessica Anthony's debut novel, The Convalescent, was published by McSweeney's Books and received abundant critical praise, was an ALA Adult Notable Book of 2009, and was a B&N Discover selection. Her fiction has also appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, New American Writing, and elsewhere. She resides in Portland, Maine, and Iowa City, where she is currently an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Writers' Workshop. Rodrigo Corral ( runs Rodrigo Corral Design and has designed covers for Junot Diáz and Chuck Palahniuk, as well as the New York Times bestselling books Decoded by Jay-Z, Classy by Derek Blasberg, and Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. He has designed countless best sellers, won many, many design awards, taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and lectured around the country. Through it all, he remains deeply committed to transcending the visual possibilities in art, in culture, and throughout the universe.
Published February 2, 2012 by Razorbill. 304 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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But when Glory starts introducing the basic Chopsticks theme in performance and then finds she can’t stop, the shadow of madness casts a pall over the story, leading readers to wonder whether Frank even exists.

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Glory’s overprotective father disapproves, causing both teens untold misery as Glory’s torn from Frank to tour Europe, and Frank eventually gets expelled from private school.

Feb 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Chopsticks

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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 ye...

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Chopsticks

North Jersey

Wordlessly, readers enter into Glory's house, then flip through the family photo album, which feels authentically vintage with its imperfect snapshots of Glory's small family.

Feb 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Chopsticks

The Overflowing Library

Since the death of her mother she retreats into her music and her father pushes her to play professionally and go on a world tour even though Glory herself would rather not do it due in part to her relationship with Frank.

Oct 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Chopsticks

The Horn Book

In the enhanced ebook produced by Penguin and Citrus Suite (February 2012), additional music, sound effects, and video clips allow users to experience parts of the story along with Glory: listening to the mix CDs she swaps with Frank, viewing the videos they watch together, zooming in to see phot...

Jun 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Chopsticks


For a book with so little words this book speak volumes.

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