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ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

This is a totally captivating debut novel about a string quartet. Henry, Jana, Brit, and Daniel all have different reasons for not pursuing a more lucrative and rewarding solo career - they're drawn to something they can only find (or create) inside the tense, closed structure of the quartet. The behind the scenes look (Gabel was a professional cellist herself) into the ruthless world of high-level classical musicians and the physical toll of constant performance is fascinating for the curious reader, but as their relationships and careers grow and change over the years, The Ensemble's surprising focus is the amount of emotional work it takes to maintain a stable relationship between four people. The truly compelling interplay is what happens inside the theater of interpersonal dynamics between each member of the quartet, something that becomes just as practiced and just as necessary to the quartet's survival as what happens on stage.