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

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

byMitch Albom

Paperback | October 25, 2016

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“Talent is a piece of God’s shadow, and under that shadow, human stories intersect.


A Spanish war orphan born in a burning church and raised by a blind guitar teacher, Frankie Presto was gifted with extraordinary musical abilities that shape not only his life but the lives of those around him. At nine years old, Frankie meets the love of his life, Aurora; that same day, civil war tears apart his home and he is sent to America, smuggled in the bottom of a boat with only guitar and six strings imbued with the power to change lives.


Relying on music to survive, Frankie’s talent weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from Detroit’s jazz scene and the Grand Ole Opry, to Elvis mania and Woodstock—all the while searching for Aurora.


As his fame grows, Frankie finds love, friendship, and celebrity. Even so, his gift becomes his burden, driving a wedge between him and his beloved Aurora—now his wife. Overwhelmed by life, loss, and the power of his strings, Frankie 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. “Everyone joins a band in this life,” Albom observes, “only some of them play music.”


Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1979 with a degree in sociology and earned his Master's degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City. Albom is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detr...
Title:The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062294431

ISBN - 13:9780062294432

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The story of Frankie is tragic from start to end, and as it is unraveled throughout the book you can't help but think about how one person could survive through so much. This book is as magical as it is musical. It seems to flow as seamlessly as a song, and why wouldn't it when it is told from the perspective of music herself.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very unique This is totally different from anything I've read before. I wasn't sure if I'd like it but it was very enjoyable. I think, though, that it could have been a little shorter.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Magnificent writing. I love the storytelling; it's captivating.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved how everything eventually wove together and put a nice clean finish on the story. It was another one of those books that makes you stop and think about all that's happened to you so far in life
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars! I found the ending with everything being so neatly tied up and all coming together took away from the magic of this book for me. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed Albom's writing as usual and thought the story was very well thought out and well put together.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Outstanding story! I wouldn't expect anything less from Mitch Albom. The fact that the spirit of music is the narrator it casts an interesting shadow throughout the novel. Reading about all the people that Frankie met throughout his life and the impact that he made on so many of them, and the impact they had on him truly add to the character development throughout the novel. Many surprises along the way, truly a lovely novel.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Lovely! "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" is an amazing novel that has a deep meaning and will capture anyones love for music. After reading this I understood the meaning of music and how it can change one's life, like how it did to Frankie. Following Frankie journey from Spain to America and then to wherever his love is eye opening on how the relationships he builds on the way affect him and everyone around him. I would highly recommend to anyone, doesn't matter what genre your into this is a must read!!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Beautiful story of love and how it affects us.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! such a well written, researched, intricate story. Powerful!!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous! A book that you need to read! It's so awesome! Love Mitch Albom's books
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Beautiful The word beautiful is described on every single page. You get to appreciate life when reading this story.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Ive never read a book where music was weaved into life itself or life weaved into music the way Mitch Albom did it. Time to start The Time Keeper which I know I will love as well :)
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love mitch albom received this as a gift and loved reading it. mitch albom is a really good author!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVED THIS BOOK! Amazing. Beautiful. Stunning book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story has music storyline.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely A story you can get lost in.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Mitch Albom Beautifully and simply written, the story of Frankie is both inspiring and tragic. An easy read, entertaining story and impossible to put down!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful read I have read every one of Mitch Albom's book and this may have been one of my favourites. The way that the author writes about music and love is truly beautiful. As all of his other books, this is such an easy read as you do not want to put the book down. An incredible story that I cannot wait to read again.
Date published: 2016-11-03

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“A beautiful story that forces us to think about the concept of a life well lived…Albom brings his literary magic once again.”