Title: The Magic String of Frankie Presto
Author: Mitch Albom
Paperback, October 2016
"And where you are going, you will also have to listen. Remember that. In music and in life."
This 7th book of Mitch Albom will definitely make the readers feel lost since the very first page and you can't just stop reading it. Who is Frankie Presto? He is just a fictional talented musician who will easily capture your heart and at the end of the story, you wish he's real.
The story starts at Frankie Presto's funeral. You will then interact with famous people including 'real' musicians and events (such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles members, Woodstock, and many more) who will share their moments with Frankie and how Frankie affected their lives in a very intimate ways.
"This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times or you will be useless."
Narrated by music. Yes, music. You will find lots of unique ideas in this book. Beside music as the narrator, the author also connected with the famous people whose lives he has inserted into this fictional character, and a lot of them even contributed their own words to make the story more authentic.
Frankie, a Spanish orphan who was born in a burning church. His life is so rich. He experiences an extraordinary journey around the world. He was raised by a blind guitar teacher in Spain, he then moved to USA. Enjoying his popularity then life changes. More and more tragedies come. His career begins to fall. He feels depressed. But life always has its own magical way to end this deeply moving tale.
For me, this book is Albom at his best. Highly recommended. Still can't get this tale out of my head and ...HEART.
"At a certain point, your life is more about your legacy to your kids that anything else."