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6 Musical Novels to Add to Your Playlist


“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..”

~ Pablo Casals


Music and books shape our lives. So, what could be better than books about music? Here are six novels where music can be heard shaping the story. We hope you will sing their praise!


The Ensemble by Aja Gabel


An addictive novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of classical music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.





Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


Ann Pratchett’s award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language.






Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie


Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?





The Commitments by Roddy Doyle


The Commitments is one of the most engaging and believable novels about rock'n'roll ever written, a book whose brashness and originality have won it mainstream acclaim and underground cachet.






Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton


An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.






The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos


Hijuelos's marvelous portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and lovers, their triumphs and tragedies, re-creates the sights and sounds of an era in music and an unsung moment in American life.


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