The Air You Breathe
More About The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles
- ISBN-13: 9780735211001
- ISBN-10: 0735211000
- Publisher: Riverhead Books
- Publish Date: July 2019
- Page Count: 528
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Book Clubs: July 2019
The story of a friendship that spans decades and continents, Frances de Pontes Peebles’ The Air You Breathe is the perfect poolside read. The novel is narrated by wealthy, elderly Dores, who recalls her childhood in the 1930s on a sugar plantation in Brazil and her strong connection with Graça. Dores works in the kitchen, while Graça, whose family owns the plantation, enjoys all the advantages money can provide. The two girls become close, develop a passion for music and move to Rio. Dores proves to be a gifted songwriter, while Graça is a singer of rare talent. Making herself over as Sofía Salvador, Graça becomes a samba queen of world renown. The novel charts the course of the two friends’ lives—years marked by competitiveness and jealousy, romantic affairs and mutual love. De Pontes Peebles moves skillfully through eras and settings, from Miami to Rio to Hollywood, capturing the essence of each. Fans of Elena Ferrante will find much to relish in this richly realized tale.
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