The Ensemble

The Ensemble

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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Forging a familial bond over their shared artistic talents and secrets, four young people navigate a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love reinforce and divide them throughout the course of their lives.
Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have been friends except for the art which drew them together. They would never have become family without their love for the music, for each other. Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; on the viola is Henry, a prodigy who's always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest and an angry skeptic who sleeps around; and on first violin is Jana, their flinty, resilient leader. Together, they are the Van Ness Quartet. Together they experience failure and success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018
ISBN: 9780735214781
Characteristics: 1 online resource (339 pages)

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Aug 18, 2018

Finished it but ..... Meh. Hard to care what happens to the four musicians who made up the Van Ness Quarter when you really didn't like any of them at all.

DPLjennyp Jul 26, 2018

One of my favorite reads of this year. Gabel's insights on human-nature are far beyond her years.

Jul 07, 2018

This was an interesting look into the classical musical world and the dedication it takes to make a quartet work as a team. If you’ve read my other reviews, you know that I don’t have much patience for people who “just need to get on with their lives”, but as I pondered the four people in this novel I realize I’ve never had the passion about something, and their passion for music is foremost in their lives.

Jun 21, 2018

I loved following the ups and downs of this string quartet--each with their own temperaments and talent levels. Through it all, there is an undercurrent of whether the group will achieve success, and if they'll stay together. I've never been a musician, but this book gave such insight into the musicians' experience--the way it changes your body, the joy, the monotony, the pain, the moments of transcendence.

Jun 21, 2018

Brilliant debut!
Music can only be felt, no linguistic equivalent. But the author took the challenge well, turned into an advantage, reached for the sublime, in her lyrical style, plot structure, full-fleshed characters, romantic realism, spanning over two decades, a symphony of our time.

The book may have a higher barrier for ones who don’t play/love/know classical music. The members of the quartet maybe considered selected privileged few, reclusive in their own music haven.
I wish the book could be popular.


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