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….
I love finding books that are different. When someone posted about this book on Instagram, I was instantly intrigued. When I had the chance to order it, I couldn’t pass it up.
I read the book in one sitting – but it was more like I absorbed it. The author and illustrator did a magnificent job of creating each scene with effortless storytelling and beautiful photography. I flipped through the pages one by one and got chills multiple times while basking in Glory and Frank’s love story. It’s as much a love story as it is one about obsession and falling into a dark, deep hole of depression and mental illness. How someone could create such an atmosphere with shadows and lines, words and ticket stubs fascinates me and gives me something to strive toward.
The book fell into my Amazon cart, and I didn’t even read that many reviews on the book. When I saw that David Handler had blurbed the book, I knew I had made the right decision to buy the book. Poignant, full of artistry, and the top of my recommendations list, you can’t go wrong with this book.