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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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The Ensemble by Aja GabelIt’s hard to imagine that music can have a texture, a taste—but in Aja Gabel’s debut novel The Ensemble, the particulars of performance and song infuse every aspect of the world she creates. This is the story of four friends in a string quartet who must balance their passion for music with their private lives and ambition. Gabel’s addictive prose incandesces on the page, and fans of The Interestings will find much to love here. 

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel ($26.00*, Riverhead Books), recommended by New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.