The Air You Breathe

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. Graa, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, a The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would ...

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Title:The Air You Breathe
Author:Frances de Pontes Peebles
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Air You Breathe
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Air You Breathe Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Oct 13, 2018
    I haven?t read a book about the friendship of two women this absorbing-addicting-with amazingly stunning writing this good since Elena and Lila in the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante!!!!! Going hiking this morning and a very busy weekend - was in SF yesterday- and back again t...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jan 25, 2019
    The story has wonderful atmosphere and is rich with details. The characters are well-drawn and varied. The story arc, though, didn?t keep me as engaged as I would have liked. We know early on how the story will end and that may have detracted from some of the tension that normally ke...
  • Trisha
    Jan 29, 2019
    "There is a gap between our reality and our desires. If we are lucky, we live safely on one side and spy the other. Sometimes, we are able to bridge the gap, to cross the void, but only for a short while." I wanted to love this one. I really did. I hate it....but I was just...bored....
  • Marialyce
    Aug 28, 2018
    4 sometimes what you think you want is not what you want at all stars ?We all take for granted things that come too easily. That's why I can't let you go--you're always a challenge to me. Here's my wow to you, here's all I believe: For you, I'll stay invisible. I"ll be the air ...
  • Erica
    Aug 10, 2018
    I love a book about female friendships, and I also love complicated female characters. This book has both of those, and it was beautifully written. A gem. ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Feb 19, 2018
    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 origi...
  • Kristen Beverly
    Jul 07, 2018
    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 histor...
  • Libby
    Sep 15, 2018
    ?As long as you have a song inside you, you are never alone.? Frances de Pontes Peebles ?The Air You Breathe? by Frances De Pontes Peebles is a beautiful yet tragic story. The beat or the rhythm of the story is centered in the musical lives of two girls, Maria das Graa, da...
  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 22, 2018
    4.5 Drawn in by the sights and sounds of the 1920's in Brazil and set againt the background of samba music, this is the story of two young girls, who against all odds become successful. Two young women, Dores and Graca, raised in very different circumstances, but become friends, each o...
  • Angela M
    Aug 22, 2018
    samba. : a Brazilian dance of African origin with a basic pattern of step-close-step-close and characterized by a dip and spring upward at each beat of the music; also : the music for this dance. (Merriam-Webster dictionary online) I felt as if this story was like a samba as it too ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Aug 26, 2018
    4 stars Thank you to Penguin's First to Read and Riverhead books for a chance to read and review this ARC. Publishes Aug 21, 2018. You never know what you will get when you dive into a book written about another culture. But in this case, I am so very happy that I took the dip. The...
  • Megan C.
    Jan 14, 2019
    My first 5-star read of 2019! I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. I will admit that I put off reading it for far too long because the size intimidated me a bit, (it's under 500 pages, but it looks huge in person) and I really wish I hadn't. This book has it all - brilliant wri...
  • Sarah
    Sep 27, 2018
    3.5 samba beats. I liked The Air You Breathe a lot, but I didn't love it as much as I was expecting to. I have read ZERO novels about Brazilians, or anything set for even a minute in Brazil. It was wonderful to read about such a vibrant, tumultuous place for the first time outside ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Sep 09, 2018
    Traveling Sisters Group Read Lindsay and I read The Air You Breathe with four of our Traveling Sisters and we all really loved this glorious, rich and soulful story of friendship. We all loved the vivid and colorful feel we got for the setting and lively time. Frances de Pontes...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    Dec 28, 2018
    An epic journey about friendship, music and love written with a beautiful lyrical prose. ...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    Aug 20, 2018
    4 'nobody puts Samba in a corner' stars!! We open with Dores - an orphan living and working on a sugar plantation in Brazil. To say she's had a rough go of it would the the understatement of the year. Graca is the new owners daughter - she is charming, lively, spunky, sassy, incred...
  • Staci
    Aug 27, 2018
    So good! I really enjoyed this novel. It was definitely a slow starter but the beginning did a great job of laying the foundation for the complex dynamic between Graca and Dores. Their relationship had a complicated beginning, middle and end. This is an atmospheric and engaging story t...
  • Celia
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Air You Breathe describes a friendship that starts on a sugar plantation in Brazil, moves to the world of samba in Rio, and then Hollywood, and then back home. It is narrated by Dores, the orphaned servant of Graca. Graca and Dores--- Grace and Sorrow. Friends, yes, but the friends...
  • Dawnie
    Nov 09, 2018
    not sure about the rating yet! stunningly beautiful writing and such a great plot idea and i loved the setting both time and places but i also always felt disconnected from all the character. will write a full review hopefully a little later but for now: great historical fiction...
  • Book of the Month
    Aug 01, 2018
    Why I Love It by Diane Guerrero As a child, my life was full of uncertainty, and expressing myself through art was one of the things that made me feel most alive. I remember listening to Kaoma?s ?La Lambada? as a kid, and feeling excited by the way it connected familiar melod...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    Jan 19, 2019
    The best thing about this is the #botmbuddyread discussions over on Litsy. Otherwise, this book was about 175 pages to long, way to hyper focused on 28 years in the lives of its two heroines and the ending was just sadly anticlimactic. There was no action, no anticipation, and therefor...
  • Katie B
    Jul 23, 2018
    This was a beautifully written book. I really felt like the author transported me to 1930s Brazil and with such an emphasis on music, the book had a lyrical quality. From the get go it was easy to get caught up in nine-year-old Dores's story line. She's an orphan on a sugar plantation ...
  • Jenna Bookish
    Nov 30, 2018
    ?Fame is longing. Not yours, but the audience?s. A star is nothing more, nothing less, than the public face of private desire.? The Air You Breathe is a story about music, ambition, power, and love. Dores has a lopsided friendship with Graa, tainted by Graa?s selfis...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Sep 02, 2018
    3.5 stars. This book will have you humming to the beat of samba music! This is the story of Graca and Dores ? two girls from two different parts of society. They have an intense friendship filled with fierce love and ruthless rivalry. They need and depend on each other in differe...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Aug 31, 2018
    When we are young, we give ourselves completely. We allow our first friends or first lovers or first songs inside us, to become a part of our unformed being, without ever thinking of the consequences, or of their permanence within us. ? Frances de Pontes Peebles, The Air You Breathe ...
  • ✨Tamara
    Jan 10, 2019
    Couldn't do it. This is the story of the friendship of two girls. One is a skinny little orphan girl, and the other is a daughter of a wealthy sugar baron. Their lives come together by chance and they never let their friendship go. Even in death. I gave this book over 100 pages befor...
  • Patrycja
    Aug 26, 2018
    My husband was sitting next to me when I finished this one. I closed it and looked at him and his immediate response when he saw the look on my face was "Whats's wrong?" Why? Because I am honestly conflicted about this book. I averaged out a 4/5 for writing and a 2/5 for historical is...
  • Dana Portwood
    Aug 11, 2018
    3.5 stars It is hard to write a review for this book. It is rich and beautiful and evocative. The atmosphere is lush and lyrical. I smelled and tasted and heard Brazil. I wanted to adore this book. But for all that is very good about this book, it also felt like it needed a tighter ...
  • Kathryn
    Jul 15, 2018
    SEX, DRUGS & SAMBA Author, 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...
  • Shweta Panda
    Aug 20, 2018
    The Air You Breathe revolves around the two girls Dores and Graca, their friendship which will change everything. Both were from totally different background but it clicks immediately. The way how the plot moves showing their passion for music makes me feel like they complete each ...