The Telegraph looks at five young authors to watch in 2013. TEV favorite Sheila Heti is on the list, but I'm especially intrigued by Owen Martell's novel Intermission:
A slim, rigourously nuanced book, Intermission tells the story of how [Bill] Evans’s family try to support him in 1961 when he is devastated by the accidental death of Scott LaFaro, bass player in his celebrated trio. His protective elder brother Harry knows he is a drug addict and fears the worst.
Jazz novels are always so hard to pull off (Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter succeeds; Morrison's Jazz does not), but I've always been so intrigued by the Evans/LaFaro relationship. LaFaro was a prodigy, killed obscenely young, whose influence is still felt among jazz bassists. It sounds like a fascinating read.