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What a thrill to welcome Kimberly Duffy to the show this week. She's not a first-time author, but it's her premier visit to the podcast and the first time I've read anything by her. Neither her book nor her interview disappointed. We had so much fun talking about researching circus life, how she made a tall, strong woman who was also feminine, and what are some of her favorite travels. Patrons also get to hear the meaning behind the book's title.
The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy
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.
"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
Get your copy of The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy.
When I was fifteen, I asked God to please make me a novelist. He went a step further, marrying my love of books and history, and making me a historical novelist. These last few years of researching and writing and learning, I’ve discovered that the human experience doesn’t change no matter the era or setting. Our past is littered with stories of love and brokenness and faith and self-discovery and courage. I love exploring timeless struggles and hopes through characters who lived long ago. I welcome you to join this journey with me. Feel free to connect with me on social media or email me at email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you.
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