Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Name is Frankie - a memoir by Frankie Maio with Tristi Pinkstin

Last week, just days before it released, I was given a copy of "My Name is Frankie" to review by one of it's authors. Having never been a drinker I can't say that I can even begin to understand what happens in the mind of an alcoholic, but having seen the effects of alcohol in the lives of people I know and love, I was intrigued by the opportunity for even a quick glimpse inside the mind and heart of a 47 year alcoholic.

As a word of warning, this is not a light read. Even for me, an unemotional gal, Frankie's story moved me through a whole gamut of feelings. This AMAZING little memoir touched me so much more than I expected.
Frankie's journey broke my heart, opened my eyes, and revealed both the fragility and strength of the human spirit. His story of struggle and redemption will leave you forever changed.

From the book: 

I spent my childhood hiding from my father as much as possible. I learned early on that if I tried to save my mother from a beating, I’d get hit and then my mother would be beaten even more. It was best for both of us if I didn’t get involved. I’d leave the house and go far away, curling up under a tree where I could cry my “alone tears.” Then I’d creep into the house and into bed, grateful to have escaped, but then I’d get beaten in the morning.

It was the alcohol. It was always the alcohol.

Frankie Maio was never expected to amount to much. The oldest son of an alcoholic, it was no surprise when he turned to alcohol as well. Forty-seven years of heavy drinking and drug abuse should have been the end of him ... but Frankie's mother believed in miracles, and that's what Frankie got.

"My Name is Frankie" is the true story of a hard life, a long road, and the healing hand of a higher power that reached down and changed everything. 

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My Name is Frankie is available for Amazon Kindle

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