"Samba music and its allure beats beneath this winding and sinuous tale of ambition, memory, and identity...Peebles’...atmospheric story is cinematic in scope, panoramic in view, and lyrical in tone." — Kirkus, starred review

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"A masterfully choreographed saga of friendship, envy, sacrifice and love - as soulful, layered, and intoxicating as the samba that reverberates from the page.” – Georgia Hunter, NYT bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones

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The Air You Breathe is that kind of fairy tale where the curse is that your dreams come true, and keep coming true, and you have to survive it for the rest of your life. Two girls run after their dreams of samba, stardom, friendship and art, and the result is this glittering, mesmerizing, triumph of a novel.”—Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

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“A glittering, beautiful story full of romance and intrigue and tragedy, Frances de Pontes Peebles’s THE AIR YOU BREATHE is hard to put down. From the toils of a sugar plantation in the 1920s to the glamour of Brazil's samba scene in the 1930s, at the center of Peebles’s immersive saga is a hard-won friendship, and the price one woman pays for fame and fortune and love.” —Anton DiSclafani, New York Times-bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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"Prepare to lose yourself in this sweeping, lush novel about two girls in 1920s Brazil brought together by circumstance and kept together by love -- of song, of success, and, in the end, of each other. As rich and complex and moving as music itself,The Air You Breathe is an extraordinary achievement." Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

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“I was captivated by this narrator's voice—wise with years of secrets, disappointments, and burning proximity to so much heat and light. And what a story Dor has to tell us: an aching reminiscence of lives entwined by music, friendship, and longing. After reading this glorious novel, I'll listen to samba and bossa nova with new ears, thinking of these characters, who are as vivid and unforgettable as a beautiful, haunting song.” —Laura Moriarty, New York Times-bestselling author of The Chaperone

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"THE AIR YOU BREATHE sweeps you up like a fairytale, and although the characters are deep and real, the story keeps its breathless magic to the end, with transformations and journeys and bonds as entrancing as Graca and Dores are themselves. Peebles has written an ambitious and consuming novel." -- Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

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“THE AIR YOU BREATHE is a luxuriant, lovely, utterly delicious book.  It will transport you to a world that is half-magical, half-historical, deeply familiar, and wholly new.  It will infuse your life with its poetry and music; it will weave its lush beauty into your dreams.  I couldn't put it down, and as soon as I was finished I couldn't wait to read it again.” —Abby Geni, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for The Lightkeepers

The Air You Breathe: A Novel
By Frances de Pontes Peebles

Also available in translation after August 2018 in: Brazil (Sextante), France(Flammarion), Greece (Kildarithmos), Israel (Matar), Italy (De Agostini).