The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel
Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional characterâ€”Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earthâ€”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 raisedآ by a blind music teacher inآ aآ smallآ Spanishآ town. At nine years old,آ Frankieآ isآ sent to Americaآ in the bottom of a boat.آ His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.
But Frankieâ€™s talent is touched by the gods, and hisآ amazingآ journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20thآ century,آ from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunningآ talent affectingآ 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 peopleâ€™s futuresâ€”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 reappearâ€”just before his spectacular deathâ€”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 â€œeveryone joins a band in this lifeâ€ and those connections change us all.