The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom Imagine listening to a musical composition, which after the final note has been played, where every fiber of your being still thrums in resonance, you find that you remain enraptured (perhaps even holding your breath) -- your heart still held hostage by that last lingering tone, which by now is no longer humanly audible. Well, that’s what reading this book felt like to me.

However, I am getting ahead of myself. Like a symphony with several movements, the ‘melody’ of this book also has its ebb and flow, its crescendo and diminuendo, legato and staccato -- playing out the story through major and minor keys. It begins with a funeral, and is told backwards in time -- narrated by (the spirit of) Music -- composing the score of life of not just one character, but also of those whom it comes in contact with, and how each is affected and changed. As with Albom’s previous works, this one also explores and transcends the veil between the mundane and the incredible. This read gets a standing ovation from me.