MASSIVE BUZZ: The Ensemble has taken off with huge media coverage, and including an Indie Next Pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. The book was on a ton of anticipated book lists including The Millions, Electric Literature, Huffington Post, Belletrist, Bookpage, and more. There have been numerous international pre-empts for rights.
AUTHOR’S BACKGROUND: Aja lived the life of this novel. She was a cellist and performed with a quartet. Her writing about music never feels academic, but conveys emotion and the complex relationships of the players.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK: You don’t have to love music to be enthralled by this behind-the-scenes world of competitive, high level musicians that many of us never see. Like you don’t have to love baseball to fall in love with the characters from The Art of Fielding.
BELOVED CHARACTERS: At the heart of The Ensemble are these four characters. You want to know what happens to them: do the ones who are sleeping together at the beginning of the book end up together? Will the prodigy betray them and forge out on a solo career? They’re flawed but human, likeable and complex; you’re rooting for them.
Praise for The Ensemble:
“In Ms. Gabel’s terrifically entertaining debut, the frictions of long-term friendships are woven into the ’webbed, collaborative endeavor’ of the quartet. Their music doesn’t transcend the mess of living; it testifies to it.”—The Wall Street Journal
“This lilting, richly detailed story follows a group of friends—also a string quartet—as they grow and change together thoughout adulthood. Told from alternative perspectives, it gives us a riveting look inside the world of classical musicians and an intimate study of friendships.”—Marie Claire
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