The Air We Breathe

Author(s): Andrea Barrett


In 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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General Fields

  • : 9780393333077
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : October 2008
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrea Barrett
  • : Paperback
  • : 320