• Hardcover: 512 pages
• Publisher: Harper (November 10, 2015)
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.
Good morning everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. Thank you to the author, publisher and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is difficult for me to explain due to the immensity of this story. It was magnificent and my top read of 2015. It was really unlike any story that I have read to date. It is the story of the life of a great musician Frankie Presto from his birth all the way to his death. It is narrated by Music with sections that read like interviews from fellow musicians – all being told in the hours and minutes before Frankie is put to rest.
I cannot even express correctly how in love with this book I am. Once I started it I could not put it down I just got lost in this book and the way the author has weaved this tragic, romantic, magical tale. It was affecting and poignant…just beautiful. Reading the synopsis I could never have imagined the scope of what lay within the pages of this beautiful, little book. It was very different from anything I have ever read. The cover is gorgeous with its beautiful color ombre and it also has deckled pages which is my favorite! It is surprisingly smaller than most books which I actually rather enjoyed. This is the first book I have read by Mitch Albom and I loved his writing style, I thought it was beautiful and I will be looking into more of his work and also plan on revisiting this book in the future. I have added it to my favorites of 2015 and my general favorite bookshelves on Goodreads.
Obviously I gave this book five stars and I very highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read, especially for people who love music. I used to be a singer and this book really expressed everything that I ever feel about music and singing and it was just beautiful. This book releases on November 10th and you can preorder it on Amazon!
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.