Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CHOPSTICKS by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral - REVIEW

Glory, a young piano prodigy, is missing. 

Glory’s mother died when she was young, leaving her alone with her father and a strict practice schedule. With about an hour of free time a day, Glory lives an isolated life revolving around practice, school work, and recitals. 

When Frank moves in next door, Glory is immediately drawn to him. Frank’s artistic and romantic nature is exactly what Glory needs. Frank nurtures Glory and gives her something she’s been missing from her demanding father – love.

As her relationship with Frank deepens, Glory begins to have trouble at her recitals. For reasons unknown to her or her father, she randomly breaks into playing Chopsticks in the middle of her classical pieces.  

The reader is left to put together the pieces of Glory’s life using handwritten notes, YouTube videos, IM transcripts, etc. The mystery of Glory’s disappearance and the validity of the reality she relies on unfolds in the pages of this unique multi-genre book.

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