The Ensemble

The Ensemble

The addictive debut novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives. Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; the viola is Henry, a prodigy who?s always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest, the angry s The addictive debut novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of music and their complex relati...

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Title:The Ensemble
Author:Aja Gabel
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Ensemble
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:339 pages pages

The Ensemble Reviews

  • Celeste Ng
    Nov 21, 2017

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

  • Elyse Walters
    Jun 25, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

  • Katelyn
    May 04, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

    This cover is positively swoon worthy- right? Gorgeous! ??????? This novel follows the four members of a chamber ensemble over the course of their lives and careers. It was truly a study in character and relationships. It was a unique example of how expectations and dre...

    Added: 4.5 stars. A few weeks later I still can't stop thinking about this book and I now love to watch YouTube videos of quartets. Wow. At first I didn't think I'd keep with this book, but I became completely immersed in Gabel's story of four musicians who form a quartet and then I...

  • Jamie
    Nov 18, 2017

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

  • Thomas
    May 23, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

  • Traci at The Stacks
    Nov 09, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

  • Joanie
    Mar 13, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    Jun 03, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

    This cover is positively swoon worthy- right? Gorgeous! ??????? This novel follows the four members of a chamber ensemble over the course of their lives and careers. It was truly a study in character and relationships. It was a unique example of how expectations and dre...

  • Dianne
    Jun 17, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

  • Susan
    May 06, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

  • Diane S ☔
    May 29, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

  • Allie Rowbottom
    Jan 30, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

    This cover is positively swoon worthy- right? Gorgeous! ??????? This novel follows the four members of a chamber ensemble over the course of their lives and careers. It was truly a study in character and relationships. It was a unique example of how expectations and dre...

    Added: 4.5 stars. A few weeks later I still can't stop thinking about this book and I now love to watch YouTube videos of quartets. Wow. At first I didn't think I'd keep with this book, but I became completely immersed in Gabel's story of four musicians who form a quartet and then I...

    3.5 stars The Ensemble follows the lives of four young members of a chamber quartet as they navigate the world of competitive classical music, ambition, relationships, success, failure, and love. Readers will meet Jana, first violin, aloof, resilient, and fearless leader; Brit, second...

    Being in a quartet seems more difficult than being in a marriage. There is so much to hold together, so much work to be done, so many boundaries to delicately cross with people who ask you for everything and yet who you are tired of walking on eggshells with, so much unexpected bodily ...

    THE ENSEMBLE is a stunning debut, almost unbelievable in its range, lyricism and beauty. This book reminded me of character studies and coming of age novels like FATES AND FURIES and THE MARRIAGE PLOT, with the added complexity of a quartet of characters. Their entwined lives, drives a...

  • Rebecca
    Apr 18, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

  • Laurie
    Jun 12, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

  • Katie Avagliano
    May 24, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Jun 02, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

  • Deborah Stevens
    Oct 26, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

  • Taryn Pierson
    May 24, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Jun 30, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

    This cover is positively swoon worthy- right? Gorgeous! ??????? This novel follows the four members of a chamber ensemble over the course of their lives and careers. It was truly a study in character and relationships. It was a unique example of how expectations and dre...

    Added: 4.5 stars. A few weeks later I still can't stop thinking about this book and I now love to watch YouTube videos of quartets. Wow. At first I didn't think I'd keep with this book, but I became completely immersed in Gabel's story of four musicians who form a quartet and then I...

    3.5 stars The Ensemble follows the lives of four young members of a chamber quartet as they navigate the world of competitive classical music, ambition, relationships, success, failure, and love. Readers will meet Jana, first violin, aloof, resilient, and fearless leader; Brit, second...

  • Readingbringsjoy
    Jul 05, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

  • Janelle
    May 15, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

  • Matthew
    Jun 07, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

  • Fareya
    Jul 05, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

  • Victoria
    Jun 09, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

  • Mollie Reads
    Sep 04, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    Jul 09, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

  • Lauren Fanella
    May 23, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

  • Kate
    Feb 11, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

  • Fornia
    Jul 16, 2018

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

  • Danielle Lazarin
    Nov 08, 2017

    A while back I decided to quit reading most of the summarys posted for books. The reason I stopped doing this is that I felt too much of the book was being given away. I do, however, read the first paragraph of these summarys, just to get a general idea of the book. I was drawn to this...

    Audiobook...narrated by the wonderful *Rebecca Lowman*. Author Aja Gabel completely won me over... ...A pitch-perfect debut. It?s filled with sharp observations about the choices one makes between love, work, and friendships. The interrelationships between Brit, Daniel, Jana...

    This is a remarkable debut as much for its portrayal of ambitious musicians in the world of classical music, as it is for its depiction of growing into adulthood within that rarified world. I was surprised at how addicting I found the stories of these four friends and how captivated I ...

    In the tradition of THE INTERESTINGS and THE SECRET HISTORY, THE ENSEMBLE teases apart the strands of an intense and long-lasting group friendship that both bolsters and binds its members. Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their path...

    3.5 stars I liked this debut novel about four young musicians who come together to form the Van Ness Quartet. The group includes first violin Jana, their resilient and headstrong leader, second violin Brit, the consistent and sweet orphan, Henry on the viola, the prodigy who has got...

    The Ensemble is a great summer read ? a wonderful debut about four quartet musicians and their lives together from right out of school to adulthood ? what they gave up and what they earned, the love they developed and the family they created. The Van Ness Quartet consists of Jana, ...

    If you grew up playing a string instrument, The Ensemble will bring that dusty rosin smell right back to you. You probably knew people like Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, the four characters who make up the titular string quartet--I know I did. Even if you?ve never spent any time wit...

    Okay. Okay. I was looking forward to reading this for months because I thought it would be like ?The Interestings.? It?s not. I was about twenty pages in before I flipped to the author bio to see if Gabel had graduated from a writing program. She had. It?s a book that reminds m...

    The Ensemble is a gorgeously written contemporary about four very different people brought together by the common dream of being recognized in the field of classical music. With excellent character development and an insightful portrayal of the intricate relationship shared by quar...

    Nicely done debut novel about a classical string quartet that spans the sixteen years following their graduate school recital to their last concert together. It's a coming of age story, with a musical twist. The chapters alternate between each musician - Jana (first violin), Britt (...

    In May 1994, the members of the Van Ness String Quartet are completing their final graduate recital at a San Francisco conservatory and preparing for the Esterhazy quartet competition in the Canadian Rockies. These four talented musicians ? Jana, first violin; Brit, second violin; He...

    I loved this. I loved it I loved it. Never have I read such glorious writing about music and about musicians. I want to say something poetic about how the author builds the four characters into a harmony even when they're pushing against one another in dissonance, and how it's about a ...

    I think this will be my favorite book of the year! THE ENSEMBLE follows four musicians over a decade and a half, beginning with their string quartet debut in graduate school, and then dropping in at two- to four-year increments. The quartet's story (and their stories as individuals) is...

    I enjoyed this book and the story of four musicians. It is one of those books in which not much really happens but it spans many years and is a great character study. It was beautifully written. But I felt there were just parts my eyes would just skip over and that there was a lot of f...

    4.5? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a debut novel. Loved being immersed in this world of classical music. 4.5?? Stellar writing with such complex and rich characters and relationships. Blown away that this is a...

    This is totally not my kind of book but I actually enjoyed it. It is Sorkin like in the characters ability to articulate extreme self awareness. It is also greys anatomy like in the intense interpersonal relationships. So parr?s were way too slow for me, but I am over all pleasantly ...

    2.5 Stars... The Ensemble's premise is interesting enough: a story about the inner lives of the members of the Van Ness String Quartet from 1994-2009. However, this novel suffered from a great deal of technical weakness. There's a certain lack of rhythm that makes for pretty slo...

    This book was overhyped for me, but I was impressed by the beautiful prose. While there was certainly a lot of emotion and complex relationships to tap into, I didn't always connect with that emotion, and I didn't really care about the characters. There were a few passages/quotes I lov...

    Thank you so much Riverhead Books for my free copy of THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel - all opinions are my own. This lovely debut novel follows four musicians from graduate school through to their life in the Van Ness String Quartet. The narrative is the quartet?s story as a whole, but...

    It pains me to say this, because I SHOULD have loved this book. I play the violin. I loved playing chamber music in string quartets. This book is on most summer reading lists for 2018. But I quit it on page 150. The main characters are selfish and neurotic and cynical; they didn't even...

    I thoroughly enjoyed entering the unknown-to-me world of high level classical musicians. The author did a great job of both world building and character development. Beautiful descriptive writing. ...

    [If this could hook me in as much as the premise of it is hooking me in right now (I will buy a hardcover of this as a birthday present to myself oh my god), hello, new obsession. I never had the discipline or the talent to stick it with classical music beyond high school so I admire s...

    Thank you @riverheadbooks for providing me with a free review copy The Ensemble was a book that took me a very long time to finish. For the first half I was expecting a completely different story line and pacing, and because I went into with the wrong idea I could not get into the s...

    everyone kisses everyone but no one cares ...

    During the ?Coda? of her debut, The Ensemble, author Aja Gabel writes: ?We weren?t yet full people, but we were required to pretend to be. We thought that together we could pretend to be until we were.? It?s as concise a statement that could be made regarding the ti...

    This cover is positively swoon worthy- right? Gorgeous! ??????? This novel follows the four members of a chamber ensemble over the course of their lives and careers. It was truly a study in character and relationships. It was a unique example of how expectations and dre...

    Added: 4.5 stars. A few weeks later I still can't stop thinking about this book and I now love to watch YouTube videos of quartets. Wow. At first I didn't think I'd keep with this book, but I became completely immersed in Gabel's story of four musicians who form a quartet and then I...

    3.5 stars The Ensemble follows the lives of four young members of a chamber quartet as they navigate the world of competitive classical music, ambition, relationships, success, failure, and love. Readers will meet Jana, first violin, aloof, resilient, and fearless leader; Brit, second...

    Being in a quartet seems more difficult than being in a marriage. There is so much to hold together, so much work to be done, so many boundaries to delicately cross with people who ask you for everything and yet who you are tired of walking on eggshells with, so much unexpected bodily ...