Frances de Pontes Peebles

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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. Her second novel, "The Air You Breathe," will be released August 21, 2018 by Riverhead Books. 


Cover Photo: From 'Madame Satã - Noite Cheia de Estrelas' by Marcus Vinicus de Paula, via YouTube
How Brazil’s Madame Satã Transformed His Life and Became an Icon

By day, he protected businesses from thieves and corrupt police. By night, he changed into sequined gowns to sing and dance in Rio de Janeiro’s cabarets.