The Weight of Air
by Kimberly Duffy
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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 19 Mar 2023
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
In 1911, Mabel MacGinnis is Europe's strongest woman and has performed beside her father in the Manzo Brothers Circus her entire life. When he dies unexpectedly, she loses everything she's ever known and sets off in the company of acrobat Jake Cunningham in hope of finding the mother she thought was dead.
Isabella Moreau, America's most feted aerialist, has given everything to the circus. But age and injury now threaten her security, and Isabella, stalked by old fears, makes a choice that risks everything. Then her daughter Mabel appears alongside the man who never wanted to see Isabella again, and she is forced to face the truth of where, and in what, she derives her worth.
As Mabel and Isabella's lives become entangled beneath the glittering lights and flying trapeze of Madison Square Garden, their resiliency and resolve are tested as they learn the truth of what it means to be strong.
"Kimberly Duffy not only delivers a beautiful escape, but she also adds layers of emotional depth to build a captivating story readers will love."--JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials
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Average rating from 66 members
A truly great work of fiction! This book brings light to important issues like postpartum depression, suicide and broken relationships. The story of the circus and its performers was fascinating. Seeing into the lives of those who are "different " and their struggles to be seen and heard was eye opening. The imagery in the book was so descriptive thar I could picture where the characters were and what they wore. I highly recommend this book!
I have not read Kimberly Duffy's other works, but after reading THE WEIGHT OF AIR, I can't wait to dig in to her backlist. This is clearly a very talented writer.
Beautifully written, this is a compelling page turner that does not shy away from serious issues (which are, after all, part of life). I especially admired the behind-the-scenes look at the circus. Duffy conveys the sights and sounds really well.
The romance angle is also great and sure to please readers.
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