Intermission

Intermission

Owen Martell

First Sentence:     It was late in the evening, after dinner and Debby, before Harry got a chance to open the paper.

Back of the book:

New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident, and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

In measured, evocative prose, Intermission takes a period from the life of one of America’s great artists and fashions it into a fiction of extraordinary imaginative skill and ambition. The novel inhabits the lives of four people in orbit around a tragedy, presenting an intense and moving portrait of the burden of grief, and of a man lost to his family and to himself. It is also a conjuring of a pivotal moment in American music and culture, and a unique representation of the jazz scene in the early 1960s.

Quote from the book:

It was easy to admire Bill’s playing – lithe and canny, a ringing gift in the wood.

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Last Sentence:     Fifty yards, a hundred back already, the forking off of him and me and I and you.

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