Chopsticksby Jessica Anthony
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,… See more details below
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....
"Like the young artistic love it describes, Chopsticks is beautiful and strange and haunting. The story’s crooked path is made luminous by its extraordinary images."
"Reading Chopsticks is like watching people kiss in the street: it’s private, it’s beautiful, it’s lonely, it’s wild, it’s secret, it’s everywhere and you can’t look away."
"...seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents, rather than reading about them, makes the book’s punches hit hard." — Publishers Weekly
"Eerie and edgy—and effective as Poe." — Kirkus
"Like the young artistic love it describes, Chopsticks is beautiful and strange and haunting. The story’s crooked path is made luminous by its extraordinary images." — Junot Diaz
"Reading Chopsticks is like watching people kiss in the street: it’s private, it’s beautiful, it’s lonely, it’s wild, it’s secret, it’s everywhere and you can’t look away." — Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 7.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 Years
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Meet the Author
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 (www.RodrigoCorral.com) 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.
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Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony can only be describe as, well, surprising. When I received this book, I hadn't formed an opinion on it from the cover or the synopsis and decided to just let everything play out. It is honestly like nothing I have ever read before to put it plainly and here's why: The story of Glory is told through pictures, newspaper articles, instant message conversations, and so on. It's hard for me to find a category that this book would fit under to accurately describe what it is like. It's not like a childhood picture book or even just a photography book, these images and words (used sparingly) tell a story that I actually liked. When there is nothing to compare it to, it is hard to find a good way to critique and rate such a book. If I base it simply on the plot, I love the story and longed for there to be an actual written story with it. Although the images tell the story, there is something about descriptions and narrative that make the characters come to life in my mind. That was lacking in this novel which was disappointing. The quality of the images and the story they portrayed was amazing, it didn't lack a lifelike quality to them that they could've. I could see all those people in the photos really living this life and that was nice. Oh how to rate a book that I don't even know how to critique. It was unique and definitely an interesting read for those who don't mind reading less and looking more.
I am amazed at how beautifully and thoroughly this story was told through pictures and words scattered here and there. From the very beginning, I was pulled in the story, flipping back and forth through the pages, as I tried to read between the pictures to figure out what happened. At first, Frank and Glory's love seems sweet and innocent. However, as the story moves along, their feelings for each other seem to border on obsessive. They seem to IM regularly even as their lives outside of each other deteriorate and they find themselves clinging to their love. The cover suggests that this will be a cute summer read. It is not. Chopsticks is a deep work that explores the human psyche, making the reader question Glory's sanity and the true nature of her relationship with the people around her. This story can't be understood in one sitting and will probably require rereading (as I have found). The pictures are beautiful; Glory's story is poignant. If you enjoy art, romance, mystery, and a touch of insanity, you'll be sure to enjoy this story in pictures.
Chopsticks is an innovative story that intrigues the reader with both its words and its photos. The tale of two teens in love unfolds with little preamble and even fewer words. It’s told through notes, through photographs, text messages, letters, and little trinkets from Glory and Frank’s life. Yet none of it is quite what it seems. These images and messages give the reader a very intimate peek into these two people, but also an incomplete one. We see only bits and pieces of them and of their relationship and as it all unfolds, some things don’t add up. Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral have tackled a rarely utilized medium and done so splendidly. Together, their words and images tell a story that is heartfelt and complex. It’s a fast ‘read,’ but one that needs a second glance because the ending is so far from where it started, that I needed to get through all the middle again to see it in a different light. Readers should enthusiastically embrace this new medium for books, as it offers a different side to a story. I can’t say much, plotwise, without giving away huge details, so I’ll say this: pick up Chopsticks. You won’t regret it. And if you feel like you do, this will still make a killer coffee table book. Once anyone picks it up, it’s impossible to put down – each image is a puzzle piece and once you get the outline, you have to figure the rest out.
Taking on the usual Romeo and Juliet love story, the authors changed it into something totally original. We live in a world extremely technologically advanced, which makes perfect timing of a novel of just photographs. This book tells a beautiful love story of two teenage artists. A beautiful story, with beautiful photographs, this novel allows a deeper connection to the characters. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends, and I will introduce this book to the photography club at my school.