Mitch Albom is one of those writers who knows how to weave magic through his words, and he does it perfectly in The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. After the disappointment that was The First Phone Call from Heaven, Albom shows us (or me, at least) that he is definitely a writer worth sticking with.
In The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Music gets a voice, as he tells us the entire life story of Frankie Presto, not an easy thing to do in a book just a few hundred pages long. He takes us from the birth to the death of Presto, his ups and many downs, and through it all the role Music played in his life.
The story is breathtaking and heart-wrenching, with moments revealed throughout the story without you seeing them coming. And the way it was masterfully woven with interviews by actual people. (with their permission) truly makes Presto come to life. I found myself wishing that Frankie Presto was real, so I can hear him play, that a bootleg album featuring his magic strings really did exist, just so I can listen to it.
You don’t need to be an Albom reader to read this, but if you’re not, be forewarned that you might want to devour everything he’s ever written after. This book is magic, to say the least.