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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel
by Mitch Albom

Published: 2015-11-10
Hardcover : 497 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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by Janplace (see profile) 12/05/19

 
  "When The Magic Strings Go Out Of Tune"by [email protected] (see profile) 02/18/19

...you get a silly book with a ridiculous ending. If it wasn't our book club's selection for this month I never would have finished it. I read "Tuesdays with Morrie" years ago and I thought it was very... (read more)

 
by nancypsy (see profile) 12/18/18

 
  "The magic strings of Frankie Presto "by swholley (see profile) 10/23/18

Well written, couldn’t put it down. Happy sad romantic all in one.

 
  "the magic strings of Frankie Presto"by Sherrit (see profile) 02/16/18

I found a new appreciation of music over the decades thru the life of Frankie Presto and those "the Music narrator" had him interact with like Tony Bennet, Elvis Presley, and many others. It was a wonderful... (read more)

 
by Ktc24 (see profile) 01/15/18

Enjoyed the metaphors. The confusion part came with the story’s back and forth in time tendencies. Our club’s rating was a 4.5. One person came in not liking it but her CD was damaged and was not able... (read more)

 
by cdunbar (see profile) 01/03/18

 
by pennywhistle (see profile) 10/18/17

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