The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

The Air You Breathe

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Gra...

Details The Air You Breathe

TitleThe Air You Breathe
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Brazil

Reviews The Air You Breathe

  • Kristen Beverly
    I had a hard time with the first 75ish pages of this book. But after Graca and Dor head out on their own, I absolutely fell in love. I devoured this book, which is saying a lot considering it’s hefty & has a lot of meat to the writing. Highly recommend for fellow lovers of historical fiction.
  • Kathryn
    SEX, DRUGS & SAMBAAuthor, Frances De Pontes Peeples delivers the history of the Samba's rise from hills of Brazil and the songs of the slaves on the sugar plantations to the popularizing of this sound that is uniquely a Brazilian export. Dores and Graca run away from their life and future female roles in an attempt to make it big in radio. Instead they shine brighter playing in the biggest Rio nightclubs and making top-selling records and as they...
  • Jillian Doherty
    This story is so much more than just Brazil, Samba, and two girls journey through it. It’s a heartbreaking experience reaching from martyrdom, to heart wrenching selfishness that pulls you apart and it drive your further into the story! I didn’t know much about the musics origin, but here the illustration wines you through dark streets in smoke filled music halls to feel the music rather than hear it.The girls develop along with their musical...
  • Creager
    The Air You Breathe is a literary musical marvel.And then there is Dores and Graca. Before there was the Latina movie and singing siren Sofia Salvador there was Graca Pimentel or the Little Miss as the kitchen girl, Dores was to address her. The Air You Breathe is a sweeping coming of age narrative that finds two unlikely girls as tied notes in each other’s life as they try to achieve a musical life together, then separately and over again. Fro...
  • Tamara
    Just received an email that I won this book on a goodreads giveaway! Can't wait to dive in when it arrives.Really enjoyed this book! Thanks for the opportunity to read it early! Highly recommend.
  • RMazin
    Samba is the music that drives this book. A friendship between two young girls is rooted in this Latin beat. Dores is an impoverished, orphaned “kitchen” girl growing up on a Brazilian sugar plantation in the 1930s. Graça Pimentel is the daughter of the plantation owner. Their unlikely childhood friendship blossoms through their isolation on this land, the opposites attract maxim and a passion for music. It is Dores who feels the music as a ...
  • Emily
    Dores is an orphaned servant girl on a Brazilian sugar plantation, raised to be obedient and subservient. Graca is the owner's daughter, a willful, selfish, spoiled girl yet with a charisma that draws people toward her and a talented singing voice. Together, they forge an unlikely friendship that transcends the sugar plantation into the mean streets of Rio de Janeiro and even the luster of Hollywood. Yet as Graca's star rises, Dores must decide w...
  • Danielle Urban
    The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles delivers a Brazilian historical tale that is rich in culture. It also features two women going against the present life to find something better for themselves. They go away from their community's expectations and soar higher than they can dream. Music, slavery, and unwavering friendship make this an interesting read. Frances de Pontes Peebles captures the time periods perfectly. Readers, like myse...
  • Mainlinebooker
    What a beautiful mesmerizing love song both to samba and to the friendship of two young girls . The push and pull of the music was reflective of the lives of Dores, a kitchen helper and Graca, a spoiled daughter living on a sugar plantation. When Graca's mother brings them to a performance of fado, this soul searching song has a profound effect on their lives. The book follows their journey into the world of samba with Dores acting more as a musi...
  • Mary Robinson
    I enjoy historical fiction which introduces me to a time or place I know little about, stories which introduce me to the emotions and senses of a different era. The Air You Breathe is just such a novel. Set in Brazil before and through the second world war, we meet Dores and Graca, and watch their friendship, talents, and lifes grow and expand. Dores, orphaned and raised by a cook at the Great House of a sugar plantation, and Graca, the plantatio...
  • Jamckean
    THE AIR YOU BREATHE is a stunning, lyrically written novel. Two unforgettable women from different worlds forge a friendship as young girls; their lives, fates and fortunes as musicians become linked as they weather success and failure, love and loss, joy and despair. We follow this tumultuous relationship from the sugarcane fields to the streets of Brazil, and into the sonorous world of samba. Through the rise of fall of the singer and songwrite...
  • Delaina Malloy
    If I could give this book 10 stars I would! I’ve never read a book quite like this, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a 400 page book this fast! Frances De Pontes Peebles does an amazing job describing every aspect in this novel. You feel what all the characters feel, from Dores the kitchen girl, to the Little Miss. I found myself sucked into a world not my own. From a sugar plantation to Rio, to Los Angeles. Every aspect of this book was pe...
  • Rachel
    Francis de Pontes Peebles, author of The Seamstress, tells the story of Dores, a poor kitchen girl, and Graca, an heiress, and their childhood at the Great House in rural 1920s-30s Brazil. Their love of music eventually leads them to break free from their prescribed paths to singing in seedy cabarets in Rio to finally making it to the disenchanting Hollywood movie studios during the war years. The Air You Breathe is the captivating story of Dores...
  • Mandy
    I don’t normally write reviews but since I was gifted an ARC, I decided it was appropriate. This is a beautifully written book. Her descriptions allowed me to easily imagine settings & characters. I enjoyed learning Dores’ story from beginning to end. I liked how the author went from present to past in each chapter. Really lovely read. I’d highly recommend.
  • Kerri
    Frances de Pontes Peebles is a master storyteller. This was just absolutely wonderful. I love how she is able to tell a story, but also set the setting with her perfect attention in describing the time period and history. I can't wait to recommend this title when it is published in August.
  • Bonnie
    Beautifully written. Brazil, music and love in the 1940s