Monday, February 15, 2021

The Ensemble

 The Ensemble 

Author: Aja Gabel

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Year: 2018

My book club’s pick for this month didn’t hit the right note for me. (Sorry for the bad pun. I couldn’t help myself!)

The Ensemble follows four young musicians as they embark on their career as a quartet playing chamber music. I never played an instrument and know next to nothing about classical music, so this book didn’t really click with me. I also didn’t connect with any of the characters. I do think this was a well written novel and the authors is very talented. This just wasn’t for me. I’m sure some of the members of my book club love this one. I’m sure we’ll having an interesting discussion on this one at the end of the month. 

Synopsis: Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have been friends if they hadn't needed each other. They would never have found each other 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. After the group's youthful, rocky start, they experience devastating failure and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty. They are always tied to each other - by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry, by choosing each other over and over again.

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