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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. 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 Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

Title:The Air You Breathe
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735210998
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    The Air You Breathe Reviews

  • Christina - Traveling Sister

    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....

  • Diane S ?

    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 wome...

  • Angela M

    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. (Mer...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    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 wi...

  • Elyse

    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 h...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    Traveling Sisters Group ReadLindsay 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...

  • Katie B

    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...

  • Marialyce

    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...

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  • ? Sandi ?

    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 ab...