SAVE THE LAST DANCE is a bittersweet romance about shattered dreams, broken promises and meant-to-be's filled with the kinds of twists and turns that make it both contemporary and relevant.
A handsome young Italian-American immigrant boy, Charlie, dreams of becoming a famous musician and winning the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Fanny. He does both. They do and go everywhere together, first as teenagers, then as adults. His career skyrockets. His virtuoso performing, conducting and writing skills make him the most famous accordionist of the 20th Century, while Fanny waits, hopes, expecting him to ask for her hand.
In time, he marries twice, she marries once, but never to each other. Along the way, he drifts into the dalliances of fame, stardom, and substance abuse. His career ebbs and flows. He suffers a nervous breakdown and then returns with a historical concert at Carnegie Hall. Their lives crisscross and intersect over some 80 years. Their emotions run the human gamut. In the end, there is a reconciliation, of sorts. She is the guest of honor at his memorial reception at the Hilton Hotel in New York, attended by 1,700 accordionists from all over the world.
Charlie passes 13 years before Fanny. But ultimately they are buried in the same cemetery in the Bronx, not far from each other.
The story also contains numerous photos and documents that add texture and depth to their journey. Author M.G. Crisci not only wrote the story, but lived certain aspects of their story. You see Fanny was his mother.