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The Air You Breathe
The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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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. Graa, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graa 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.
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SheReadsAndWrites
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1) The Air You Breathe, 24/6, Troubled Minds
2) Foreign Deceit by Jeff Carson
3) The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Starting this one tonight... 🤓 #amreading

Hooked_on_books I 😍 this book! 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I really enjoyed this one too! 2mo
SheReadsAndWrites Oh good! I didn't know anything about it when I picked it up. @Hooked_on_books @Ashley_Nicoletto 2mo
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stephothebesto
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1. ✔️
2. Puffy. Try not to eat them all the time, but when a bookstagrammer posed the question "What core would you want in your wand? It could be anything" that came to mind very quickly.
3. Sunset
4. Book plane tickets to Italy and to Uruguay.
5. ??‍♀️ They were all pretty good... Third grade was a good grade for reading, so let's go with that.

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RhianJMartin
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I've been exploring my bookshelves lately. Don't you love looking at book cover designs and noticing what sort of colors are used? Teal seems to be a rare one, but I still managed to find four books with gorgeous teal covers and spines. 📚🐚

Have you read any of these books? 🤔

#teal #colorful #bookshelf #deebrown #theairyoubreathe #princecaspian #narnia #maevebinchy #thechroniclesofnarnia #francesdepontespeebles #cslewis

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readtheworld
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My current #TBR stack! I posted back in January about my personal goal of having 100% TBR turnover from one year to the next. 2019 is more than halfway over and I‘ve read (or DNFed and removed) most of my 2019 TBR books. The ones I still need to read are:
📖 The Air You Breathe
📖 The Night Tiger
📖 The Cairo Trilogy
📖 Pachinko
📖 The Cartographer of No Man‘s Land
📖 Cuentos de Eva Luna
📖 The Door (not pictured)

#readinggoal #toread

Tamra Good for you! 5mo
readtheworld @Tamra thanks! 🙃 5mo
Reagan Good job! I bet that feels fantastic! 5mo
Lindy 💪 5mo
readtheworld @Reagan-reads It does! I have a list of all the TBR books that I started 2019 with, and it‘s very gratifying to cross them off. 5mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Bailedbailed

I had to bail on this book. I‘m not connecting with the characters, and I find myself not caring whether they make it big. Life is too short to read books you don‘t love.

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Samplergal
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I already deviated from my #24B4Readathon. I‘d forgotten about hVing not yet finishing this one. Tonight I finished. It‘s an epic with lots of interesting themes. I‘ll likely not forget these characters anytime soon, but it wasn‘t a book I couldn‘t put down. Only 3:5 ⭐️. But the writing is lovely. #mayMadness

Finished #2.

TheReadingMermaid Nice!!! 👍😃👍 7mo
Andrew65 Same for me, I started this a few months ago but not felt the desire to pick it up and finish it. So well done. 👏 7mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Today was the last day of school. Here‘s to summer reading anytime I want!!

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MrBook
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We‘ve wrapped up another wonderful meeting of #The2030SomethingBookClub 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! It was marvelous! This book provided plenty of conversation fodder if any book club organizers out there are looking for a selection to feature at an upcoming meeting. I give the book 4.5 stars. 👍🏻👍🏻

Have you read this novel?!

#NYC #bookclub

Samplergal It‘s to be finished this week, as it was too big to haul to Mexico. 7mo
Karisa We read it for #botmbuddyread here on Litsy a few months back. Lots of great discussion to be had with Dores, Graca, and Carmen Miranda's life too! Glad your group enjoyed it too.😊 7mo
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MrBook
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Ahh, after 5 hours of hardcore work, time to relax on my porch with a good book and some whisky. Gorgeous, comfortable weather today for once, thank goodness. 😎🥃

Drocchio03 What a wonderful Saturday afternoon plan. Enjoy! 7mo
Peddler410 Nice yard you have there! 7mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! I have to take a minute and—I don‘t know—release. This has happened to me in my life twice before—it‘s always overwhelming & humbling for me. I saw a colleague today I don‘t normally get the chance to see, & she gave me a Red Lobster gift card 😱🙈*happy tear*. It‘s like a...I don‘t know, group networking thing going on, I‘ve been getting so much generosity from folks 😱. I got lobster, shrimp, crab, mashed potatoes, & salad. 😋

PurpleyPumpkin Aww, how very thoughtful. And I‘m sure this has happened right when you needed it! Relax and enjoy. 😊 7mo
TheBookHippie Oh I want your opinion on the book!!!! 7mo
AmyG How kind. Enjoy. I hope this book pulls you in. I loved it. 7mo
kspenmoll Yum! It‘s because you are thoughtful & generous with yourself! Enjoy! How do you feel about the book? 7mo
SW-T It‘s great to have such wonderful friends 😊 7mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #CrackerBarrel Edition! The friend part fell through, but the dinner part didn‘t thanks to a gift card from my uncle 😁. Accompaniment this chilly and downpouring evening: steak, baked sweet potato with butter and brown sugar, mac ‘n‘ cheese, broccoli florets, cornbread & biscuit, and sweet tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Drocchio03 I ❣ Cracker Barrel!! 7mo
AmyG Great book! Dinner looks delicious. 7mo
Maggie_Reads Yum!! Cracker Barrel is da BOMB!!! 😋 7mo
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TheSpineView Yum! They have the best sweet tea! 7mo
Crazeedi Hungry!! 7mo
bookish_wookish Their pancakes give me life!!!! 🥞 7mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

I really liked this historical fiction. Also, has anyone else noticed how many books have the backs of two women on them?

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CoffeeNBooks
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#MayMovieMagic #HowFarIllGo It's the 1930s in Brazil, and Doris and Graca run away to the city because they want to be singers.
@cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen I was curious about this #BOTM pick 🧐 Did U like it?? 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Cinfhen I thought it was a really good book! 7mo
Cinfhen Oh, great!! Glad to hear it was a pick!! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“We are all beautiful in our youth and we are all forgiven.”

#Forgive
#SpringIntoReading

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GinaKButler
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I love a surprise in the mail from a bookish friend! Can‘t wait to read this one!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great book ❤️❤️ 8mo
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alisonrose
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OMG. YOU GUYS. THIS BOOK. My second 5-star read of 2019, only a bit over a week after the first, in fact. Absolutely adored every bit of this. I love these sort of whole-life accounts, esp w/an older woman narrator. Writing was pitch perfect, characters were all so flawed but it was also so obvious why they loved & needed each other. You see them change for better or worse & you understand them so well, it almost hurts. Also, QUEERNESS YAY. 5🌟

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alisonrose
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What a treacherous gift the imagination can be—one minute a blessing that grants you escape, the next an enemy you must fight off for your own survival.

[So. Damn. True.]

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alisonrose
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It‘s said that necessity is the mother of invention. I‘d argue that spite is its father. How many songs, poems, palaces, paintings, books, and enterprises have been made as retribution for a slight, a heartbreak, a careless word? Creation is a form of vengeance against a disbelieving world.

LoverofLit I'm on love with this quote! 😍 9mo
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alisonrose @LoverofLit it‘s so good, just jumped out at me 9mo
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cpreja
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When I was young I made a promise to the music: I'll be here,I'll open a space within myself for you.I showed that I was devoted,and in return it rewarded me with words,with creation itself.There was the passion of a love affair in these moments because the music demanded my time,my full attention,my complete devotion.As long as I rendered myself entirely to its service,the music allowed me inside itself,immersed in a space where time didn't exist

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alisonrose
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When you have no power in this world you must create your own, you must adapt to your environment and try to foil the many dangers around you, so a woman‘s pleasantness—her smile, her grace, her cheer, her sweetness, her perfumed body, her carefully made-up face—isn‘t some silly by-product of fashions or taste; it is a means of survival. The performance may cripple us, but it keeps us alive.

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alisonrose
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Being a woman is always a performance; only the very old and very young are allowed to bow out of it. The rest must play our parts with vigor but seemingly without effort.

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alisonrose
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[Well, there will be when I use this phrase as the name of my feminist indie punk band.]

SW-T 🤣🤣🤣🤣 9mo
Beatlefan129 I would totally go listen to a band called The Uncommon Hussies 9mo
Weaponxgirl Yup, I‘d watch them too 9mo
alisonrose @Weaponxgirl 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 9mo
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alisonrose
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Beyond that kitchen and those cane fields was a world of possibilities that I couldn‘t fathom, but wanted to. I was awed by the avarice of that cane fire. It was beautiful in its constant need, in its unbridled hunger. I watched it burn, its heat pounding against my skin, and knew that we were alike, that fire and me. We wanted more than we‘d been given, and we always would.

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alisonrose
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What we see in the world depends so much on who we are at the moment of seeing.

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alisonrose
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Historical fiction about queer Brazilian women with music and politics and told from the POV of an older lady, sign me the fuck up ✅ #nowreading

AmyG It‘s SO good. 9mo
alisonrose @AmyG I‘m LOVING it 9mo
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cpreja
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Took the day off so I could spend some time reading. Cant get enough of this book!

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MrBook
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Our latest #The2030SomethingBookClub poll has closed! @BookBabe and I ask everyone for a couple suggestions, and then we narrow them down to 12–since that‘s the max options Meetup allows for polls—and then everyone who wants to vote chooses however many of the selections they want 😁! We‘re very democratic, so no one can yell at the 2 of us for what gets read. 😆

What do you think about the top five winners? Which ones would you have voted for?

Peddler410 My eyes are too old to read that image! Now, if Litsy had a way to click and enlarge images .... well, then I could give you an answer. 9mo
TiredLibrarian The winners are good picks! I would have voted for Sophie's World; it sounds interesting and I've been meaning to read it forever. 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Woman
#QuotsyMar19

❤️❤️❤️❤️

LaraReads Great quote! 🙌🏻 9mo
wordzie 9mo
AmyG Ah, wonderful quote from an excellent book! 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LaraReads thank you ❤️ 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes, loved this one 💞 9mo
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stephothebesto
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When you can treat your #bookhangover with a playlist FROM THE AUTHOR!

CoffeeNBooks Great book! I just read this recently- I'll have to check out the playlist! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
stephothebesto @CoffeeNBooks Thanks for the warm welcome! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 10mo
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stephothebesto
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The latest #shelfie

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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#kindledeal!! If I'm not wrong, this book gets a lot of Litsy love!

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HardcoverHearts
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Ebook sale! I really enjoyed this book last year. It‘s a lifelong friendship story of two women, starting in Brazil. Great characters, great setting and time period.

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NeedsMoreBooks
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This was a part of #BOTMbuddyread organized by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks .Written from the point of view of Dores, it describes the rise of her friend, Graca as Sophia Salvador, the singer. Loved the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, Dores as a queer character, and their tumultuous friendship. Graca is a difficult character to love. It also has a rich background of Brazil and Hollywood and beautiful songs as a narrative device

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! Loved the book! ❤️ 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks couldn‘t join in the discussions because of the crazy time zone that I am in 🙃 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @NeedsMoreBooks it‘s ok!! You can always comment whenever you can on the questions!! 10mo
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Insightsintobooks
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cwarnier I love my BN nook, and they are running the same deal. 😀 10mo
TheLibrarian Thanks for sharing! I immediately purchased it since it was a past BOTM selection. 10mo
DivineDiana Thank you. I have seen so much Litsy love for this one! Now, I have it! 👏🏻📚❤️ 10mo
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Mitch
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Don't be put off by the bland cover - this is an epic story that tells the story of an age, a regime and a musical movement through the lives of two women. Their relationship sustains and breaks them as they negotiate a new world order. It's beautifully told, a story filled with longing, regret, fame, desire, politics and violence. #botmbuddyread

AmyG It‘s such a wonderful book. 10mo
Mitch @AmyG agree! 10mo
sixgun Where does the story take place? 10mo
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Mitch @sixgun it‘s set mostly in Brazil, with the latter part in the US 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review and great discussion ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
TheBookHippie The cover 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ 10mo
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TheBookHippie
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Mitch lol...maybe we should do a book tour! Passports ready folks! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Mitch I agree let's go!!!! 10mo
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Karisa 😍 10mo
JaclynW Oh my gosh! So cool! I'm adding the playlist and have a passport. 😉 10mo
JaclynW I love when someone makes a playlist to go with my books! 10mo
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TheBookHippie
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD FINAL THOUGHTS
There was so much and so many layers is there anything you all want to discuss ???? I enjoyed this. I yelled at the book often but the history and music and how it was told was really good in my opinion. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and I thank all of you for the wonderful discussion times!!! So much added bonus to the reading!! Next up The English Wife!!! Follow hashtags!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Would anyone have wanted to read this from Graca‘s perspective? I wouldn‘t. I don‘t think it would change my thoughts of her at all! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW I didn't like Graca!!! I don't think her perspective would have been as interesting and deep to read!!!!! @AmyG 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Even though he was not a good guy I hated That Madame L was in jail!! I guess that makes me crazy!! 😳 10mo
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kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Think it would be hard to become involved in the book if told from her point of view-unless she slanted it somehow I can‘t think of. It would be her stardom & fall that might be the prism used to reveal the relationship she & Dores shared. 10mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @AmyG @kspenmoll @mitch @Redwritinghood I think this story was best told through Graça. Sometimes I found myself wanting to get into Graça's head but if the entire story was this, I think I would find myself getting very frustrated. Graça just isn't relatable. She's that evil character that you come to despise. 10mo
AmyG I didn‘t like Graca either. But...look at her childhood. Her mother seemed to be emotionally absent...and her father was just absent. Graca craved to be loved. But so did Dores. And yet they turned out to be completely different people. I found that fascinating. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @JaclynW @kspenmoll (edited) 10mo
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I felt the same way! I suppose it made sense but I kinda of liked his promotion of the girls/band. 10mo
AmyG And thank you @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for moderating this great book discussion! 10mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It makes me crazy too I guess because I felt the same. I kind of liked him. He had grit and other admirable characteristics. He just had a shady side of him. I was sad that he died. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I felt bad for him. So sad. I wish he could have just lived in his little place til old age got him. I think he protected the girls more than we were told. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW yes, exactly!! 10mo
AmyG @JaclynW Madame L...another father figure. 10mo
JaclynW @AmyG Yes, I found that interesting too. They both wanted a bot of the same thing but were so different. They approached everything differently. Which is why they could have made a good team. 10mo
kspenmoll @AmyG So true. So many layers to this book. 10mo
JaclynW Oops! I forgot to tag @Karisa in my first comment. Sorry! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you for always participating 💗💗💗 10mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG me too it was fascinating !!! People react so vastly different to adversarial life experiences ...each survival set of skills was so varied. Didn't end well for Graca. Or Dores. 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie He protected them and paved the way for them. They owed a lot to him actually. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW we all liked Madame L!!!! But not Graca!!! 10mo
JaclynW @AmyG A father figure for sure! He had his own interests in it, but he did still seem to care for them. More so than Graça's real father. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW exactly . I did like him quite a bit!!! 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I'm glad were all in agreement! 😊 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW me too!!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW yes, absolutely 💙💙 10mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie He did protect them & was father like. They would not have survived at that point without him. 10mo
kspenmoll Thanks again @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for moderating this. Love the discussions with everyone; deepens my sense of the book. ❤️ 10mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll @AmyG @JaclynW we've made I through another one !!! Yay!!!! I always value all your points!!! Sometimes when reading I'll wonder what your saying to yourselves !!! Ha! Thanks for join us !!! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 we missed your input! Catch up when/if you're able! 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll Agreed! It deepens the enjoyment and knowledge of the book (and life!). I always loved our discussion sessions! @TheBookHippie I too wonder what you are all thinking while reading! 😁 Thanks to everyone! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Karisa @AmyG @mitch @Redwritinghood On to the next one! Missed you @Andrew65 10mo
JaclynW Did anyone find any good Samba music for a soundtrack to this book? @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie yes, where are you @Andrew65 😆😳 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW we could do checkins through the week!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW I did google lots of music!! 10mo
Karisa @JaclynW This was the best one I found (author's recommendations for music): https://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/2018/08/30/642750837/samba-and-saudade-th... 10mo
Karisa Thank you, everyone! Great questions and discussions. Reading together made this book so much better! 😊💗 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa loved having you with us!!! 10mo
JaclynW @Karisa @TheBookHippie You are great! Thanks! I love that you both sent me the same article. 😉 Great minds! 😁 10mo
Mitch @Karisa I love this way of reading! Thank you everyone...great discussions xxx 10mo
Andrew65 Hi Everyone, apologies but struggled big time with my commitments this month. Got behind on this one but with other commitments and strong work issues have never been able to catch up! Will need to look at cutting down my commitments in future (but I struggle with this) or quit my job. 🤣🤣🤣 So much for 2019 being better than the annual horribilis that 2018 was. Perhaps it‘s just my life 😢 Feel so guilty especially as I suggested this one.😣😔 10mo
Andrew65 I promise to be back next month and eventually catch up with this so don‘t be surprised if you get a tag in February or even December! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @JaclynW @kspenmoll @AmyG @Karisa @Mitch Missed all of you and my Sunday evening discussions! 😡 10mo
Karisa @JaclynW @TheBookHippie ❤💙💜 Yep, great minds! It is a great list! With author's notes. 10mo
Mitch @Andrew65 missed you too. Hope the week ahead is good 👍🏼 10mo
Karisa @Andrew65 🤗 I totally get that! Life is too much sometimes--but sometimes in good ways too. 💗 10mo
Karisa @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Madame L. deserves a spin-off series. Released from jail on a technicality and ready to rule Lapa again. 10mo
JaclynW @Andrew65 I commit to too much all of the time. I totally get it. Good luck in cutting back. 10mo
JaclynW @Karisa I saw that it had author's notes, so cool. I can't wait to read it more in depth later and listen to some of the suggested music. I have to go make brownies now for a family dinner. 10mo
JaclynW @Karisa That would be a great spin-off! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa YAAAAAS Madame L!!! 10mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 Take care of yourself first. Sometimes we all take on too much & need to relax with that as life grabs us. Your input is missed but take the hiatus you may need!!!❤️❤️💚💜 10mo
kspenmoll @Karisa @thebookhippee. Thanks for the NPR article! (edited) 10mo
kspenmoll @Karisa 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻spin off for Madame L! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Karisa thank you for joining us!! Awesome discussions!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 it‘s ok!! Real life comes first! But know that we missed you!! ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Question #4
“It‘s always easier to think that your intentions are just as important as the outcome, but this isn‘t true. The outcome is everything. The outcome is what you live with.”

Do you feel that Dores is partly to blame for Graca‘s death? Or was the choice Graca‘s alone? Were you surprised by by Graca‘s suicide? How would you feel if you were Dores in this situation?

#BotmBuddyRead

JaclynW It was Graça's decision. It was her turmoil. Dores was not to blame. I don't think she purposefully left her pills behind. That said. We know Dores felt extreme guilt. Guilt she never got over. I wasn't surprised, I started to suspect suicide. 10mo
TheBookHippie Graca it was her decision. I think she had demons we did not know about starting in childhood. I think her pain was so acute that she was just trying to not be in pain. No fault of Dores. They were so young they needed to get to their later years maybe to become separate but they never got the chance. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW I agree with everything you said... she wasn‘t to blame, but she always carried it with her 💔💔 “We are all beautiful in our youth. And we are all forgiven.” 10mo
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Karisa @JaclynW Agreed. In that part, Dores seemed to do the only thing she could. Graca knew that using Jega would push her away and kind of "put her in her place." It felt after that using that hated name was Graca's way of hurting Dores as much as she was hurting inside. I wasn't 100% sure it was suicide though. 10mo
Redwritinghood That‘s a tough call. Graca was clearly unhappy when Dores left her, but no one thought she would be suicidal. 10mo
kspenmoll @JaclynW Agree too. It was totally Graca‘s decision. It haunted Dores her whole life. 10mo
Karisa @Redwritinghood Yes, I don't think the others saw it coming at all. I don't think Graca even intended to die just to dull the hurt. I think she felt invincible. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I figured suicide or Dores killed her in a fit of rage! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I agree I think she was trying to stop the pain. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie remember me texting you during the bathroom scene!!! I thought Dores was going to kill her!!! I probably would have had to at least punch her !! Lol (edited) 10mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie Yes, when Dores started reflecting on feeling guilty about Graca's death I wondered if it would go there too. Reminded me of Selena's story a little. I'm so glad it did not go that way! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa MY EXACT THOUGHT!!!! Phew... 10mo
Mitch @TheBookHippie totally agree... she wasn‘t to,blame. Guilt is a messy, complex, irrational beast and sadly a beast Dores was plagued with for so many years 10mo
AmyG I don‘t think Dores thought Graca would kill herself and I don‘t think she left her pills there on purpose. Some things just never occur to a person. But....I did wonder if one of many reasons Graca took those pills...was to get back at Dores. To punich her. Can suicide be a decision, to actuallly do it, made in a moment? A decision of passion? 10mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie I also thought for a moment that Dores may kill her in anger. 10mo
JaclynW @AmyG It was an emotional decision for sure. You don't think clearly when emotional. It's definitely not the best time to make decisions! You have me wondering if she did do it to get back at Dores... 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW me too... to make her live with the guilt her entire life... being controlling even in death @AmyG (edited) 10mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amygdala I know! If that's true...what an awful thing! It doesn't paint Graça in a good light at all! 10mo
AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks exactly! (edited) 10mo
TheBookHippie @Mitch I agree I've had guilt with me for a decade before I don't recommend it!!! It's a beast! 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I don't think Dores is to blame, but she definitely carried guilt with her for the rest of her life... what if she'd seen it coming, what if she hadn't stormed out, what if she hadn't left her bag with pills there... And I'm sure Vinicius felt guilty for spending the night out on the beach instead of going back to the room he shared with Graça- he might have found her in time. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks all of the what ifs 💔 10mo
Carolyn11215 I don‘t think Dores is responsible for Graca‘s suicide but she definitely felt guilt about it until the end of her own life. I think that‘s probably true of many people who‘ve had someone very close to them commit suicide. 10mo
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Question #3

“I could withstand a thousand blows from any fist,but words? Words would always undo me.”

This is how I pictured Graca and Dores when they were younger and first arrived in Lapa. This unfortunately didn‘t last long.

On the night of Graca‘s death she calls Dores “Jega.” Do you feel that she did this out of anger or do you think that she never saw the two of them as equals? If you were Dores how would you have responded?

Redwritinghood I do think she always saw herself as superior to Dores. Maybe that is why Dores was so angered by it. It seemed that their friendship wasn‘t real and that she was just still a servant to Graca. 10mo
kspenmoll I think it was both- she felt totally rejected by all in her world, even Dores at that moment when she pulled away. I do think she never saw her as an equal- because of Dores position in her family home. She felt entitled to what Dores had. They were dependent on each other. They both had so much loss in their lives that created a bond & love of sorts. 10mo
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Karisa @Redwritinghood Yes, agreed! Graca never saw Dores as an equal. She saw her only in terms of how much she needed from her at the moment. I don't think Dores ever saw herself as equal to Graca either (smarter but not on the same level). 10mo
JaclynW I do think it was mostly out of anger. She had never called her that before. So I'm conflicted about if Graça truly saw Dores as beneath her. I missed their younger days. They seemed happiest then. What do you think? 10mo
kspenmoll @Redwritinghood Well said. Graca did always treat Dores as a servant. 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll They did create a bond of sorts. Maybe it was a dysfunctional and codependent one. Maybe it was never equal. @Karisa @Redwritinghood 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll @Karisa @Redwritinghood Do you think Graça was jealous of Dores' intelligence? To the point that she always held a grudge? 10mo
kspenmoll @JaclynW They seemed happiest together in younger days at the family home & when they escaped the nuns & started a new life. It was when Dores dared to be with the roda without Graca that their relationship seemed to change. Graca did not like Dores striking out on her own even if she was. 10mo
Karisa @JaclynW Yes, despite the dysfunction there was a deep bond. Maybe they were almost like sisters in some way due to their long, shared history. Sometimes family can take each other for granted the most and know how to push each others' buttons. 10mo
kspenmoll @JaclynW Yes, I think she saw anxious that Dores could read, do math, so might leave her behind. Graca must have had a learning disability of some sort. 10mo
kspenmoll @Karisa Like your sister idea. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW I do... I think she was jealous that she could write songs and that she spent time with Vinicius doing so. She was jealous when she performed her songs with Vinicius which was why she pulled that stunt at her final performance. 10mo
Karisa @JaclynW I think the grudges went both ways. Dores was jealous of Graca's charisma, voice, and beauty. Graca of Dores' intelligence and songwriting skills. They should've been the perfect team if egos were left in check. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll good thought. Even Graca‘s own mother helped Dores learn new words and gave her the little notebook. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Redwritinghood exactly never equals . I think it clouded everything 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hated the way Graca showed up at the roda and just took over everything... after Dores had to work her way in to be accepted. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that pissed me off!!!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie me too!! I would have thrown a fit, but once again Dores was a doormat... 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll Yes, that is when they relationship changed. Or was it when Dores was told not to sing with Graça anymore? That's when she sought out other things. Maybe they both saw each other as one/inseparable. And when they deviated, it caused contention. 10mo
Redwritinghood @JaclynW No, but I think Graca was the type who couldn‘t stand to share the spotlight and felt she deserved it more than Dores because of the difference in their backgrounds. 10mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks agreed...that made those final scenes of Graca watching Dores successful act, copying it and not getting the response she wanted really interesting for me.. it marked a real growing up point I think, a recognition for the first time of them as separate individuals 10mo
JaclynW @Karisa Yes to the sister theory and the perfect team if egos were controlled. 10mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie I hated that too! Graça totally took control AND changed the rules. No one objected though because people like her could get away with it. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW I can‘t stand people like that!! 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW right I loathe women like that 🤦🏽‍♀️ 10mo
AmyG Dores always tried to overcome her “class”, her standing. And Graca, deep down, felt she was a “higher” class and deserved more because of that. It‘s hard to overcome those things ingrained in a person. Graca used her sharpest instrument when she called Dores “jega”. She knew what she was doing and words can cause as much harm as physical harm. She showed her innermost self to Dores. Dores punished her for it. 10mo
JaclynW @Redwritinghood Yes, Graça didn't want to share the spotlight. @mitch I couldn't believe Graça stole Dores act. That was the last straw!! 😡 10mo
TheBookHippie @Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that part made me furious I was happy it didn't go over...she stole that and that's so vengeful and hateful. She took Dores moment. She should have been herself but I'm not sure she knew who that was. 10mo
JaclynW @AmyG Graça knew that would hurt Dores. I think she finally used it because she was hurting so much inside. It does show her true colors. 10mo
Karisa @Mitch That moment of the earrings off performance made me so irritated too. Dores had finally found something that could be hers with Graca. Then for her to just grab it? Showed Graca's desperation to be seen as something more "real." So wrong though. 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Graça never did seemed to find out who she really was, did she? She had a superficial view but as we all know, that doesn't last. 10mo
Karisa *without Graca, I meant. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW nope. She was really brutal in that moment ...awful 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Karisa omg I wanted to drag her off that stage I was so mad!!! 🤬🤬 10mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie @JaclynW @Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @Redwritinghood @Karisa I just could not believe that Graca stole her show & was furious & shocked too.demonstrated how far she would go to stay in the limelight. Dores had every right to be furious. I see her as totally lost too @TheBookHippie - she no longer recognized herself or what she had become. The commentary on Hollywood, it‘s racism & 10mo
kspenmoll Expectations for women (centers to lose weight, the pills provided readily, the white star running the show, housing issues, etc. contributed to loss of self for them all. 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll Good point. So true. 10mo
AmyG Graca, I think, was always jealous of Dores. There was such an insecurity there qhich would explain why she needed to be adored. Graca had to protect the self...and I think that was why she stole Dores‘s show. She wanted what she percieved Dores had. Graca was just a sad character. 10mo
kspenmoll @AmyG She was a sad character, became totally lost. She desperately needed & craved the love she lacked as a child. I think she never outgrew or understood that. Instead she would strike out at Dores, & try & take whatever Dores had- music, performing, Vinicius, the band. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Graça always had the ability to overshadow Dores, and I think she liked it that way because she felt like she was better than Dores, deserved more because she had "saved" Dores. Even in her vulnerable moments when she said Dores saved her, I think she still felt she was better than Dores. Otherwise, at some point, she would have given Dores the recognition she deserved. I think maybe Dores' success at Ipanema was the breaking point for Graça. 10mo
Carolyn11215 I don‘t think Graca ever saw the two of them as equals. And calling her Jega was just about the most hurtful thing she could have said. She was agreeing with her father‘s assessment of Dores. Didn‘t he call her that at the private party he had arranged for Graca? (edited) 10mo
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So the cover ....WHAT???????
We've read the whole book and I still don't get the cover! Anyone !????

#BOTMBUDDYREAD BONUS SIDE QUESTION
Head over to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the rest of the questions!!!

Karisa Agreed. This is not a lighthearted friendship. There's none of the grit, turmoil, or Samba feel even. 10mo
JaclynW I kept waiting for a tie in as well. I hate when the cover doesn't match the story. 10mo
Redwritinghood Other than two women in 1950s era clothing and the tropical-esque setting, no I don‘t get it. 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No idea!! Has nothing to do with the book!! 10mo
Mitch Totally at odds with the book! And seriously undermines the intent of this novel I think.... I‘m putting it in contention for worst cover of 2019! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa right???? Think of alll the cover possibilities!!!! My word. 10mo
kspenmoll If you just saw that cover you would have no idea where they lived or how volatile their friendship could be. 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Better possibilities indeed! Something Samba-ish would have been great! 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll True. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I definitely agree with everyone - cover doesn't make sense at all! This cover says to me: two quiet women form a friendship while waiting patiently for their husbands to return from the war. 😂 It in no way indicates a tumultuous friendship between two firecely indepent women who both fight hard to make a name for themselves in the world of samba. 10mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks RIGHT???? Alllll the choices that could have been!!!!! Ugh 10mo
Carolyn11215 Nope, no clue. 10mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD QUESTION TWO:

What do you think of Graca and Dores, did they really have a friendship ? What was it they had?
Were they family? Friends? Frenemies? Toxic? Did they truly respect or love one another?

Karisa I wondered this throughout the book too. Dores seemed to want to be Graca most of the time while also looking down on her. Graca took what she could use from Dores (songs, management, support...) yet seemed to value her so little. I guess that's why the title is so apt; is invisible, taken for granted, and yet essential for survival. Their relationship summed up. 10mo
JaclynW They understood each other. They knew each other better than anyone. They supported and leaned on each other when no one else did. Graça at times seemed to only care about herself but I think it was potentially a survival thing. At the end, Graça wanted/needed Dores. By that point, Dores was tired of being a doormat. I'm curious to hear what you all think. I keep going back and forth about the friendship between them. 10mo
JaclynW Maybe Graça always saw Dores as beneath her. 10mo
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JaclynW @Karisa Good point about the title! It really does describe their relationship well. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I agree with all of that! I don't think it was friendship maybe duty or all they knew but I don't think there was any respect either way. It was very codependent and probably toxic as well. @JaclynW 10mo
Redwritinghood @JaclynW I agree. The ending really made that point clear, too. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW @Karisa title for sure gleans their relationship unappreciated both sides I think .. I didn't like Graca at all but did she get treated fairly I'm not sure. 10mo
Mitch @JaclynW I totally agree..there was a codependency that had an imbalance of power which is a dangerous place to be 10mo
kspenmoll @Mitch @Karisa @TheBookHippie @JaclynW Agree with you all. @Karisa your words did sum up their relationship exactly 10mo
JaclynW @Mitch Very dangerous. Very one-sided. Not a win-win relationship at all. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW yes dangerous for sure! 10mo
AmyG Ha...I answered this in the first question. I saw hem as the family they chose to be. Filled with all that comes with family. They were in each other‘s blood. 10mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG it's the only explanation I can accept which is crazy 🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️they were family so ... 10mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie @AmyG I keep going back to how young they were & how much time they spent just trying to survive. 10mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll yes, they were young and surviving, but so did I and I didn't and don't treat people this way -so I had a very hard time with reading it. youth and situation do not dictate bad behavior @AmyG 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Some people don't really seem to have a moral compass. (For example, Trump.) Is it upbringing? Personality type? Graça's father was selfish and her environment helped to create her I think. Had her mother survived, things may have been different. 10mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I think her mother would have been a better influence for sure. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks @Karisa @JaclynW You two stated my thoughts exactly! I even wrote in the margins a few times questioning how someone could treat someone else the way Graça treated Dores. And Dores stated at one point that she felt like she was a stone in Graça's pocket, weighing her down (last week's section). @TheBookHippie- definitely seems to be a co-dependent and toxic relationship. 10mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks it reminds me of some of the teenage girls at school that I see. Which of course at times in this story they are in fact teens. 10mo
JaclynW @CoffeeNBooks That's right! She was the stone in her pocket. I think that was mentioned several times. It was codependent and toxic. @TheBookHippie I do think it's a common thing to be codependent while you are young. We need to do better teaching kids to foster win-win relationships. Which will get them more true, genuine relationships in the end. 10mo
Carolyn11215 I think they loved one another but respect? Nope. It was a pretty toxic friendship. 10mo
stephothebesto I don't think Graça ever gave up her main role as Little Miss - her calling Dores "Jega" is more reflective of that, than a reflection of Dores' character. I think there was love from Dores, and affection and need from Graça, but not true friendship. I think Graça saw everyone around her as servants, people who were there to make sure she had what she needed, or her father, someone to please and win adoration from. Toxic! 10mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD QUESTION ONE:
Do you think Dores ever was at peace? Did she live her whole life with regret ? She never got her own life, even Vinicius craved for Graca his whole life, even when he was lost to Alzheimers. Should she have struck out alone after Graca's death? Did she ever recover or deal with her grief and guilt? Was she ever her true self? Did she get the life she dreamed of?? Or did we just read one part?

JaclynW I'm not so sure that Dores ever TRULY lived her own life. I think she had moments of her own. But there always seemed to be a lingering of Graça around. It's funny how one person can have a hold on so many. 10mo
Karisa Despite having her separate duo with Vinicius, Dores' life did seem to center around that time with Graca. Perhaps it is just the lens of the novel, but she mentions very little of her life after Graca that isn't focused on regret/longing for the past. 10mo
Karisa @JaclynW Agreed. For both Dores and Vinicius. 10mo
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kspenmoll It felt like to me that she hadn‘t fully recovered but then does anyone totally recover from such grief? Her regrets were clear in the passage that she discussed how time can fold on itself & create different versions of our lives. She tells herself there must be a life where she stayed with Graca & opened up to her instead of fleeing. They were so young, at times I forgot that they were just 26 at Graca‘s death. There were gaps/ not sure when Vin 10mo
kspenmoll When Vinicius started fading from life/ she devoted her life to both he & Graca. Agree w @JaclynW that she only had moments when she could be her true self- May when writing songs w Vinicius but even then they were often hiding from Graca. 10mo
Mitch @kspenmoll I loved that passage about time, it was eloquently put 10mo
Mitch I think this is so hard to answer...although at times it may appear that she wasn‘t living her own life, to her it was her life and there were times she felt a pride in the pivotal position she had in the outcomes. She wasn‘t in servitude, subject to physical & sexual abuse as she so feared..she‘s was living the only life she had, taking as much control of it as she could. I felt sad for the pain she self inflicted, and proud of her achiements too (edited) 10mo
Mitch @kspenmoll finding the ‘new‘ sound really made me think this was the first time and found herself...which given her age and life experience I felt was timed just right 10mo
Redwritinghood I didn‘t get the impression that she was unhappy with her life, but she was definitely under appreciated. 10mo
TheBookHippie @Mitch meee too that passage of time made me stop a minute and reflect 10mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll recover no but continue with life yes, it changes you but it made me so sad she never got passed the gaping wound part. 10mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll They were so young! I kept forgetting that too. They hadn't reached that point in life when wisdom sets in. Suicide seems to be quite common with many types of artists. There is a mental struggle going on for sure. 10mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie It was sad. 10mo
JaclynW @Redwritinghood I think she was mostly happy too. Her life could have been so different had Graça not come along. She was set to be a servant her entire life. 10mo
AmyG Yes! To @kspenmoll about time and different versions of ourself. And Yes! To @JacklynW about having moments of her own. Graca was in Dores‘s blood. I always thought of them more like sisters than friends. As with family...do we ever get them out of our “blood”. We have moments of peace....but they are always there. Graca, Dores, Vinicius were the family they chose. (edited) 10mo
kspenmoll @AmyG You are right; they created a new family for themselves, and whether we have contact or not, our families shape us & are in our “blood”. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I think Dores lived so much of her life for Graça, but I think in a way she was ok with that- she loved Graça. There were times when she could have walked away and forged a path for herself, but she chose to stay. Since Dores feels like Graça saved her from the life she was born into, I think she always felt she owed so much to Graça, in a loving rather than a begrudging way. 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Since this is Dores' story as it relates to Graça, it's going to come out seeming much more closely tied with Graça than if it was a more objective story about Dores' life. 10mo
Carolyn11215 Funny...for me Dores seemed like a very sad person. I think she had a lot of regrets and never seemed to get what she truly wanted. She always seemed angry, jealous or guilt-ridden. There was one short period where she seemed joyful and had a life of her own...when she first met the band and was singing and composing with them, before Graca joined and it became all about her. 10mo
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I really enjoyed this #historicalfiction novel about the unlikely friendship between Graça and Dores in 1930s Brazil, their journey to become samba musicians, and how that journey is different for each of them.
Another great #BOTMBuddyRead! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
#LitsyAtoZ #A @BookishMarginalia #ReadingThroughTheYears192021 #2018

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kspenmoll I loved it too. Just a few pages left. Nice review! 10mo
positivelybrianareads I keep trying to get into this book . But I‘m having such a hard time 😩 10mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD TODAY 2PM EST
I have the first questions then over to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I can not wait to discuss the ending 📖❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚 10mo
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Final discussion at 1 pm CST!! @TheBookHippie will have the first 2 questions and I‘ll have the last!! see you there!!

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1. The Air You Breathe, Twelfth Night, Life After Life, Us Against You
2. Hufflepuff!
3. Stranger Things
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

LouiseWalters The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Huh??? Read HP - don‘t particularly care - Watching the Aust Open Tennis - can‘t believe Rafa is playing so badly😓 10mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💛🖤💛 10mo
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This is a pick with some reservations. The story has wonderful atmosphere and is rich with details. The characters are well-drawn and varied. The story arc, though, didn‘t keep me as engaged as I would have liked. We know early on how the story will end and that may have detracted from some of the tension that normally keeps a story flowing. It‘s still a pick, though, due to the writing and characters. 3.5 ⭐️ #botm

KatieDid927 I completely agree. 11mo
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Final discussion on Sunday at 1pm CST!! We have had great discussions this month!! Thanks everyone!

“We are all beautiful in our youth. And we are all forgiven.”

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AmyG Such a wonderful book. 11mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG we hit a good one again !!! Yay. 11mo
AmyG We‘ve been reading mostly wonderful books. Every once in a while..a clunker. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG maybe no more clunkers!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 11mo
AmyG Hahaha @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let‘s hope not! 11mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD
FINAL DISCUSSION SUNDAY 2PM EST

We have so much to say 😂😂🤷🏽‍♀️🙌🏻🙌🏻📕🤦🏽‍♀️

Samplergal I just started it. I like it! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Samplergal maybe you can speed read and discuss with us!! 💞 11mo
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