The Air You Breathe OverviewThe Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles is a historical novel about Dores and Graça, two Brazilian women who forge a friendship and a career in musical entertainment. The novel focuses on the years of the women’s relationship, from 1920 to 1946, and how it evolved as they matured and rose to fame in Lapa and Los Angeles. Told from Dores’s perspective in retrospect, she shares her personal experience that highlights both feminist strength and human weakness. The novel presents the motif of samba music and themes of friendship, acceptance, intersectionality, and culture.
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