The Air We Breathe
By (author) Andrea Barrett
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Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
Book DescriptionIn the fall of 1916, America prepares for war-but in the community of Tamarack Lake, the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and-sometimes-secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. Reading group guide included.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393333077
(211mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Andrea Barrett
Archangel, Paperback (August 2014)
"[Andrea Barrett's] work stands out for its sheer intelligence...The overall effect is quietly dazzling."-New York Times Book Review
Drowned Boy, Paperback / softback (January 2010)
The 2008 Mary McCarthy Prize winner, selected by Andrea Barrett. A kind of contemporary Winesburg, Ohio.
Air We Breathe, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Andrea Barrett
Autumn, 1916. America is preparing to enter WWI, but at Tamarack State Hospital, the danger is barely felt. Here in the crisp, mountain air where wealthy tuberculosis patients recover in private cottages and charity patients, mostly European emigres, fill the sanatorium. This tale presents the individual lives in a nation on the verge of change.
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Author Biography - Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
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