The Air You Breathe

The Air You Breathe

eBook - 2018
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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. Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate. 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 Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735211018
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (449 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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BPLpicks Oct 17, 2019

Dores, an orphan working on a Brazilian sugar cane plantation, and Graca, the rich owner’s daughter, strike up an unlikely bond based on their love of music and a shared dream of performing that takes them from the streets and nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro to the stages and movie sets of Old Hollywood. The story is told through the recollections of the elderly Dores and so is non-liner and meandering, but the intense "frenemy" relationship and the immersive descriptions of the sounds, sights and smells of Rio make for compelling reading.

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kenziethielemann
Jan 28, 2019

A true story of friendship. Years pass threw this book. The beauty and the thought that went into this book is breath taking.

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lola_jane
Oct 12, 2018

The "frenemy" relationship reminded me a bit of the tension in Ferrante's "My Brilliant Friend" - never knowing which character to sympathize with as they are each flawed yet compelling.
Some readers will find the plot slow and meandering, but I really liked that the story was told through the recollections of the elderly Dores as she reminisced and reflected on her life; it was natural and personal in a way that a linear telling wouldn't be.

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Missmrecommends
Sep 28, 2018

I thought the translation was clunky, so could not read it.

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