First Line Friday — The Weight of Air

17 Feb

Happy Friday! I am featuring The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy today. Duffy consistently delivers well-researched historical fiction with an exotic locale. This time she sets her story in the circus! I have heard great things about this novel, especially the mother-daughter relationship that is explored. Can’t wait to get into it!

Here’s the first line:

“You are sure you don’t want me to go with you to the station?” Bram asked.

Two women–bound by blood, torn apart by circumstance–find together that true strength comes in many forms.

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.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Weight of Air”

  1. Nicole Santana February 17, 2023 at 6:32 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Memory Lane by Becky Wade.
    “After dark that night, Leigh returned from her long journey to bring him his medicine. Thank God, Jonah thought, when he heard her enter Remy’s small house. She’d arrived with the good stuff.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Cindy Davis February 17, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

    This is my next read. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  3. Paula Shreckhise February 17, 2023 at 10:47 pm #

    Loved The Weight of Air! Very unique.
    My first line this week comes from The Last Chance Cowboy by Jody Hedlund:
    Chicago, Illinois. March 1871
    “ It’s a boy.” Catherine Remington held the squalling infant upside down by his ankles, making sure he didn’t inhale mucus.

  4. Danielle Grandinetti February 19, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

    I loved this book! I hope you enjoyed it, too.

  5. Jen@GracetoGrow February 20, 2023 at 9:05 am #

    This sounds like a great story! Thanks for sharing, Beckie! Have a great week 😊

  6. Vidya Tiru February 24, 2023 at 3:40 pm #

    Love historicals and this one sounds so very intriguing..
    Here is my Friday post

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