Saturday, July 13 at 5 PM
FRANCES DE PONTES PEEBLES
speaking & signing
The Air You Breathe
In conversation with Dalia Azim
ABOUT THE AIR YOU BREATHE
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.
ABOUT FRANCES DE PONTES PEEBLES
Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
ABOUT DALIA AZIM
Dalia Azim’s stories and essays have appeared in such publications as American Short Fiction, Aperture, Other Voices, Sightlines, Pindeldyboz, and Columbia Journal. She has received Glimmer Train‘s Short Story Award for New Writers and recently finished her first novel. She lives in Austin with her family and is the manager of special projects at the Blanton Museum of Art.
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