Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of classical musicians, and of lives made in concert. The story of Brit, Henry, Daniel, and Jana, The Ensemble is a richly-drawn portrait of ambition, friendship, and the journey of youth to adulthood.
Gabel was born in Northern California. She earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University, her MFA at the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Literary Arts Oregon, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a fellow in fiction. A former cellist who drew on her own experience for her novel, she lives in Los Angeles.
“A magnificent, musical debut … brilliant, groundbreaking … No other novel is quite like The Ensemble.” – Bookpage. “A stunningly resonant debut…. A virtuoso performance.” – Booklist. “Mark our words: you won’t be able to put this exquisite book down.” – Refinery29.