Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral


Four stars.

I won a copy of this through Goodreads First-Reads.

I have to say, this book was one of a kind. It's not one to be read, but one to be absorbed. In lieu of traditional text, this novel is made up of photographs, programs, song lists, IMs, and various other things; almost like a scrapbook. The pictures do well to tell the story.

Gloria had been raised by her single father since her mother's death and he trained and taught her the piano, at which she is a prodigy. He has dreams of her being famous, and slowly but surely, her name became known. Now, Gloria is missing. Before her sudden disappearance, she feels herself start to slip, falling for her new neighbor Frank. Even when oceans apart, their relationship is apparent, with each missing the other. That is, until Gloria refuses to play anything but Chopsticks. She's sent away for awhile, with the hopes of her regaining some sense of normalcy...

I thoroughly enjoyed this artistic approach of story telling. The photographs were powerful, the emotions clear, and with the odd combination of both generality and specificity, the reader is able to forge their own interpretation of each photo.


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