Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable character Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the earth in this magical novel about the power of talent to change our lives.

In Mitch Albom's epic new novel, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, Frankie Presto, a Spanish war orphan raised by a blind music teacher. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six magical strings.

But Frankie's talent is touched by the gods, and it weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll. Along the way, Frankie influences many artists: he translates for Django Reinhardt, advises Little Richard, backs up Elvis Presley, and counsels Hank Williams.

Frankie elevates to a rock star himself, yet his gift becomes his burden, as he realizes that he can actually affect people's futures: his guitar strings turn blue whenever a life is altered. Overwhelmed by life, loss, and this power, he disappears for years, only to reemerge in a spectacular and mysterious farewell.

With its Forrest Gump like journey through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers an unforgettable story. "Everyone joins a band in this life," he observes, be it through music, family, friends, or lovers. And those connections change the world.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Previously, A Phone Call From Heaven was my favorite Mitch Albom book, however, longer.  I was pulled into the life of Frankie Presto from page one.  I couldn't believe how everything was connected from the very beginning.  The magic strings interwoven throughout the story was so amazingly clever.  My favorite time period was the 70's.  Frankie met so many amazing people during his journey.  

In my opinion, given Mitch's love for music and that he is in a band, this was the perfect book for him to write.  Best book ever, Mitch! I will be recommending The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto to EVERYONE!  Seriously, a MUST read and would make a fantastic gift this holiday season.

Favorite Character(s):  Who else but Frankie.  I just loved him.  From the very beginning in the church to the very end, I wanted to make Frankie all mine!  In his earlier years, I wanted to protect him and in the later years, I just wanted to be part of his life. He was one cool dude. 

Fast read/slow read:  I couldn't read it fast enough.

What Others Are Saying:  Make sure you check out what others are saying as part of the TLC Book Tour.

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Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely.  I think Mitch's books get better and better.  I know Tuesdays with Morrie is a lot people's favorite book by Mitch Albom....I have to say with all due respect....Frankie is my favorite!

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is a bestselling novelist, a screen-writer, a playwright, and an award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four years atop the New York Times list, is the bestselling memoir of all time. Albom has founded seven charities, including the first-ever full-time medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in suburban Detroit. Find out more about Mitch at his website, connect with him on Facebook, follow him on†Twitter, and sign up for his newsletter.

Mitch is one of my favorite authors from Michigan.  I have always been a big fan!

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  1. Don't you just love it when a book sucks you in from the very start and never lets go?! Wow, what a fabulous read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. I don't know what it is about your review, but you made me realize that my MIL would probably love this book! Thanks for the recommendation!

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