The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Albom, Mitch
Subject:  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Religious
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25in x 5.18in x 1.53in
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From The Publisher*

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.

From The Publisher*

Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character-Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth-in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives.

In his most stunning novel yet, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.

But Frankie's talent is touched by the gods, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Wynton Marsalis and even KISS.

Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realizes, through his music, he can actually affect people's futures-with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered.

At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, does he reappear-just before his spectacular death-to change one last life.

With its Forest Gump-like romp through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers a remarkable novel, infused with the message that "everyone joins a band in this life" and those connections change us all.

Review Quote*"A beautiful story that forces us to think about the concept of a life well lived…Albom brings his literary magic once again."
Review Quote*"Albom's fable about the power of song carries you along like a beautiful melody."
Review Quote*"Albom's The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto hits the right notes. Albom's love for music is richly apparent... and his maxims about life will no doubt bring readers on a pleasantly sentimental journey about the bandmates in their lives."
Review Quote*"Albom can say in one sentence what others can spend a lifetime trying to convey."
Review Quote*"Within a few pages, you'll be as delighted with this sparkling book as I was. Start it, stick with it, and you'll find 'The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto to be a book of note."
Review Quote*"As always, Albom's novel has a larger message...and The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto resonates with a kind of cosmic connection."
Review Quote*"What an entertainer! Mitch Albom, author, playwright, screenwriter, nationally syndicated columnist - and philanthropist, as his audience learned, was a charmer…There seemed to be no end to this man's talents."