The Death Of Frank Sinatra

We'll hear an excerpt from Michael Ventura's novel "The Death of Frank Sinatra". Michael Ventura grew up in New York in the 1950s, and as a Sicilian-American, he says Frank Sinatra was like a part of the family. People in the neighborhood gossiped about him, listened to his songs, and boys and men both modeled much of themselves after Sinatra's streetwise style. Sinatra only appears in the novel once, doing a concert in the 1990s.

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