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Captivating and hyptic writing from a prize-winning velist, whose prose is reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson's and Paul Harding's. 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 vel 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. Intermission is a vel of pure control and power, certain to establish Owen Martell as one of the most promising young writers in Britain today.
Owen Martell grew up in South Wales and studied at the universities of Aberystwyth and Oxford. He has published two previous novels in Welsh. He won the Wales Book of the Year Award for his first novel and was shortlisted for the same prize with his second novel. This is his first novel written in English.