Thank you to LAMBDA Literary for this very generous review. This one means the world to me. “An absolute masterpiece…beautifully rendered…THE AIR YOU BREATHE manages to weave together the delicious tales of interpersonal relationships with the art of music making, while never losing sight of its reader/audience…Peebles is a master at sustaining dramatic tension, a wizard with intrigue and language, and a skilled curator of intimacy…Even more challenging is the ability to be able to create unapologetic antiheroes, which Peebles excels at…The tension created by these elements—the sociopolitical context, the drama of interpersonal relationships and queerness, and the high-stakes nature of subsisting off art—make a masterful book, sure to enthrall from beginning to end.” –Lambda Literary
ONE MORE DAY until the book comes out! Meanwhile, thank you KMUW NPR Station for this amazing new review: "While The Air You Breathe is a brilliant portrayal of female friendship, equally brilliant are Peebles’ descriptions of the soulful step-by-step rhythm of whipped-up samba musicians, the dank back rooms & makeshift stages of boozy clubs in Rio, how the world magically retreats when a bedazzled singer steps into view, erupting in song, and finally the celluloid seduction of Hollywood studios. This is a remarkable and deeply felt tale of the price of ambition and fame." Listen to the full review here.
So happy that Catapult published my essay about Brazil’s gay, black icon Madame Satã. He’s an incredible figure in Brazilian history and deserves to be widely known. (I created a fictionalized version of him in my novel, but this essay chronicles his real life story.)
Read my interview with David Rolland for Miami New Times, in which we discuss the writing process, character inspiration, and how Miami helped me be a writer.
"There's a weirdness from growing up in Miami that lends toward storytelling. Everyone there comes from somewhere else. It made me want to know people's stories."
Glamour's book editor Elisabeth Egan writes that THE AIR YOU BREATHE “introduces us to [an] improbable duo: a poor orphan and a wealthy heiress, whose roller-coaster friendship is a welcome reminder that time can make any relationship stronger.”
Thanks to Refinery29 for this great review:
“This epic novel will transport you to places as far-flung as Brazil’s heyday of samba and Los Angeles’ Golden Age of Hollywood. But what will keep you reading is Frances de Pontes Peebles' description of a friendship that bridged socioeconomic classes during their youths, and shifted and persisted throughout the girls’ lives…One a singer and the other a songwriter, they’ll chart each other’s paths towards fame, a journey laced with treachery and excitement.”
“Echoes of Elena Ferrante resound in [this] sumptuous saga.” – The Air You Breathe in O Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up NOW.”
The Historical Novel Society gives "The Air You Breathe" a rave review! (I was worried about this group, because they are very passionate about their history and novels. So this makes the review extra special.)
“A soaring fusion of emotion, intense drama, and the compelling rhythms of Brazilian music, The Air You Breathe belongs to the special category of historical novels that chronicle entire lives – and it does so in enthralling fashion…Dores narrates in a voice as lyrical and achingly passionate as the sambas she writes…The novel is an intoxicating performance itself, not to be missed by anyone wanting to be wrapped up in a well-told story.”
So honored that “The Air You Breathe” is a Book of the Month pick! This month’s guest judge is author and OITNB star @dianexguerrero! Her love of music drew her to THE AIR YOU BREATHE, which she calls a novel of “countless nuggets of wisdom that sneak up on you at the perfect moment.” ❤️❤️❤️ Read her full review here: