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The Ensemble (Large Print / Library Binding)

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I found a refracted reflection of myself in the lives of the four 20-something musicians at the center of Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble. The alienation, hedonism, love, loss, and beautiful music in their lives is depicted with such ferocity that Gabel’s romantic yet sardonic prose began to whirl around in my head during the day’s quiet moments. If you liked Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere or Nell Zink’s Nicotine, you will like The Ensemble.

— Gabe

Following the careers, love affairs, and spats among the members of a string quartet, The Ensemble is about the ways time and circumstance conspire to push people together and tear them apart. The prose reads like the music it describes, seducing you into the competitive world of chamber musicians—a far sexier and more dramatic world than you might imagine.

— Jessica

May 2018 Indie Next List


“My goodness, I love the quartet of flawed and wonderful characters Aja Gabel brings to life. I felt the heartbreak and triumph each time the ensemble performed. The Ensemble captures everything from the relentless rehearsals to the particular hand injuries musicians worry over to the conflict within the group. Henry, Daniel, Jana, and Britt are each characters unto themselves, but together they create a fifth character: the quartet itself. An inventive novel about the lives of musicians and the world they inhabit, full of tension, ambition, confusion, and loyalty. The Ensemble is a remarkable achievement.”
— Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432855772
ISBN-10: 1432855778
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2018
Language: English
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Created At: 6/25/2018 10:53pm
Last Updated At: 10/27/2019 05:13am