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Maureen CorriganThe Air We Breathe, reads like an elegant ghost story, narrated by a chorus of not-quite-innocent spectral bystanders…Barrett's severe attention to the smallest routines gives us a sense of what it would have been like to have hung suspended for months and even years in a regime of institutionalized inertia that was once the only cure for tuberculosis. The Air We Breathe is a muted tale of terror—terror that was relentlessly tamped down under cold air, milk and enforced rest. In the apprehensive silence that prevails throughout Tamarack Lake, a cough that's suddenly returned is as much cause for panic as an anarchist's bomb.
—The Washington Post