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Save the Last Dance #1.
Does Fiction Mirror Reality?

Fanny and Charlie in their 20’s loved to dance the night away at New York’s Cotton Club
Fanny and Charlie in their 20’s loved to dance the night away at New York’s Cotton Club

People always ask, how do you find your stories?

The answer? The story is either something I feel passionate about or with which I have some direct or indirect connection. Save the Last Dance, which critics call, “a perfectly crafted ode to love” is such a book.

On a cursory level, it’s a bittersweet love story about broken promises and shattered dreams from another time. On a more philosophical level, it’s a timeless portrait of enduring love. Two soulmates, Fanny and Charlie, destined to marry, loved each other without reservation for 80 years, but somehow life just got in the way.

PR picture of Charles Magnante, star of radio and television, and me

PR picture of Charles Magnante, star of radio and television, and me

Charlie did fulfill his professional dreams. He arguably became one of the most famous accordionists in the world.

Frances married another. But, she insisted her chubby son, Gerard, learn to play the accordion. Fact is, he wasn’t very good, but that really didn’t matter. Every week, for almost five years, Fanny dragged Gerard to NBC studios in Manhattan where Charlie appeared regularly on radio and television. When he finished, Charlie patiently listened to the boy’s “progress” with Frances glowing nearby.

Fact or fiction? Well, here is an autographed picture of that Charlie gave to his little friend.
Oh, did I forget to mention, Fanny was my mother!

So…if you’re not afraid to shed a tear or two and can handle a proper love story that’s absent tantalizing sex scenes and hip, cool innuendos, you might enjoy my ode to love entitled SAVE THE LAST DANCE. A Bittersweet Love Story about Broken Promises and Shattered Dreams.

“Superbly Crafted Ode to Love.”
– San Francisco Literary Review

“Pure and Simple. A Proper Love Story. They don’t make them like this anymore.”
– Kayla@ Good Reads

DATE: Sep.08.2021 | CATEGORY: My Books