A handsome young boy, Charlie, dreams of becoming a famous musician and winning the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Fanny. He does both. He becomes perhaps the most famous accordionist of the 20th Century, while she grows up waiting, hoping, expecting him to ask for her hand. She waits and waits. He drifts into the dalliances of fame and stardom. Their lives crisscross and intersect over some 80 years. Their emotions run the human gamut. In the end, there is a reconciliation, of sorts. They are buried in the same cemetery in the Bronx. Author M.G. Crisci should know, because Fanny was his mother.
|Publisher:||ORCA Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
A career Manhattan corporate executiveturned author, M.G. Crisci, writes entertaining, message-based literary works, based on true stories and/or life experiences. His stories feature intimate but complex personal relationships painted against a broad palette of life. They are rich in approachable dialogue, graphic word pictures, and surprising and challenging plots that move the human spirit. His world is a road less traveled: stories that entertain; people you'll remember; literature that matters.
As a businessman-lecturer he was considered a nationally-recognized expert on consumer motivation and behavior, and has been elected to Who's Who in American Business 16 times.
As a writer, he has been award-winning newspaper reporter, and his book, Call Sign, White Lily, recently was awarded a certificate of achievement from the Russian Government for non-political literary contributions. His website. www.worldofmgcrisci.com, contains numerous written and video reader and critical reviews.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Save the Last Dance” is a bittersweet love story that spans the life of its two main characters, Fanny and Charlie, from the innocence of childhood to the wisdom of old age. Their story begins in 1912 when Fanny is seven and Charlie is eight; they remain inseparable for years, despite Charlie’s growing fame and his devotion to his music (Charlie is an accomplished accordion player). Fanny patiently waits for Charlie to propose, putting herself second for years; during those years, Charlie’s sister, Tess, stews with jealous hatred for Fanny and plots to get Fanny out of her brother’s life. As Charlie is further swept up into the sparkle of show business, he makes a choice that breaks Fanny’s heart, and she finally chooses the solid devotion of another man. Despite that, Charlie and Fanny’s love for each other lasts literally a lifetime. “Save the Last Dance” is made interesting and engaging both by its setting—New York City in entertainment’s golden age—and its characters. Fanny is sweet and wholesome, and you feel both her heartbreak over Charlie; Charlie is charming and talented, and it’s easy to see why he so quickly becomes famous. Despite that, they become real because they are also flawed—Fanny is frustratingly passive, while Charlie is unfailingly selfish in regard to his art, placing it above others to the harm of his own personal life. I actually found Tess to be mostly unlikeable as the catalyst for separating Fanny and Charlie, but even she becomes a bit more sympathetic in the end. Their immigrant families were also warm and alive. The author does a good job of making New York real and exciting, both in the early parts where Fanny’s family is struggling financially and later, when Charlie begins living the high life as a successful performer. The life of performing, concerts, and Charlie’s troubled marriage is a good foil against Fanny’s more stable marriage and her husband’s devotion to business as a means to provide for her. I would recommend “Save the Last Dance” to readers who enjoy romantic contemporary fiction with both drama and everyday tragedy, especially when it’s set against a backdrop of New York in the glamorous 1930s and 1940s.