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What to read this week: Books by William Trevor, Aja Gabel and more

"The Ensemble," by Aja Gabel.

"The Ensemble," by Aja Gabel. Photo Credit: Riverhead

THE ENSEMBLE, by Aja Gabel. The four members of a string quartet — violinists Brit and Jana, violist Henry and cellist Daniel — are the protagonists of this debut novel, which follows their personal and professional fortunes across two decades. (Riverhead, $26)

LAST STORIES, by William Trevor. This volume collects 10 final stories from the Irish writer who died in 2016. These are stories to be read slowly and savored; we won't have more from the man who has been called the 20th century Chekhov. (Viking, $26)

ROME: A History in Seven Sackings, by Matthew Kneale. They call Rome the Eternal City, but its preservation has never been a sure thing. Kneale revisits the many invasions — Gauls, Goths, Normans, Nazis and more — that shaped the city's history. (S&S, $30)

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