The Intermission is Elyssa Friedland’s second novel and it’s a masterful joy. She has a strong voice that makes for beautiful seamless writing. She knows how to use metaphors and easily finds just the right words for this novel of a dissected marriage that takes a break. The chapters flip between Cass and Jonathan. The flaws and secrets revealed during the novel feel so authentic that you’ll find yourself rooting for them from the get-go. A book to love and cherish. The perfect way to spend a winter evening with characters you’ll relish to be with.