Air You Breathe (Peebles) - Book Reviews

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Echoes of Elena Ferrante resound in this sumptuous saga.
Oprah Magazine

A glorious, glittery saga of friendship and loss… [offering] murder, extortion, Hollywood glamor, the entire story of samba, and, of course, sexual longing and an exceptional cast of characters.… I read The Air You Breathe in two nights. (One might say I inhaled it.)… [G]enuinely exciting.

Enveloping…Peebles understands the shifting currents of female friendship, and she writes so vividly about samba that you close the book certain its heroine’s voices must exist beyond the page.

A poor orphan and a wealthy heiress whose roller-coaster friendship is a welcome reminder that time can make any relationship stronger.

Frances de Pontes Peebles’ tender novel follows this unlikely friendship and the jealousy and rivalry that come with their pursuit of fame.
Real Simple

A soaring fusion of emotion, intense drama,… The Air You Breathe belongs to the special category of historical novels that chronicle entire lives—and it does so in enthralling fashion.… [I]ntoxicating … not to be missed by anyone wanting to be wrapped up in a well-told story.
Historical Novel Society

[A] captivating if occasionally overstuffed portrait of friendship.… [Yet] Dores’s reflections on love, music, envy, and loyalty ache with feeling, and a hint of mystery surrounding the central relationship …will keepreaders intrigued.
Publishers Weekly

In the 1930s, two girls—have-it-all Graca, the daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, and orphaned kitchen maid Dores—bond over a love of music and end up traveling together to Rio de Janeiro and finally Golden Age Hollywood in a quest for stardom.
Library Journal

Peebles does a marvelous job of evoking the world of samba, which forms the backdrop to the complicated relationship the two women share. Readers …will be rewarded with complex characters and a well-realized setting.

(Starred review) Dores' recounting of the duo's experiences is steeped in melancholy but also alludes to the unreliability of memory…. Peebles' detailed and atmospheric story is cinematic in scope, panoramic in view, and lyrical in tone.
Kirkus Reviews

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