The Air We Breathe

The Air We Breathe

by Andrea Barrett

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Overview

"An evocative panorama of America...on the cusp of enormous change" (Newsday) by the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393333077
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/06/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 237,088
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 16, 1954

Place of Birth:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A., Union College

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The Air We Breathe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if the cover photograph &/or the title had anything to do with it, but I had been wanting to read this since it was first released several years ago. The story centers around a group of people diagnosed with tuberculosis during the time of World War I, who are "curing" in a medical sanitorium in the Adirondacks. Sadly, the plot doesn't get a whole lot more exciting than that. The story is told by an unnamed narrator who is one of the patients there, but we never hear anything at all about him/her; rather, only what he/she is summarizing in the events that took place. A series of misinterpretations moves the plot along, but it does so at an extremely slow pace. Not until at least halfway through the novel did I begin to become more interested, but even then, not overly so. There was an interesting cast of characters in this one, but the reader really only gets a superficial look at them, for the most part. Overall, the slow pace of this book is what ultimately most disappointed me.
brenzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Leo Marburg, Russian-German immigrant, and his stay at the state run curing hospital in the Adirdondacks just before the start of WWI. The residents are concentrated on recovering from tuberculosis and the war takes a back seat to this in the early stages of the novel. Wealthy Miles, who is in a nearby private cure house, initiates weekly sessions where patients can share interesting information regarding life experiences. Leo is attracted to nurses' aide Eudora; Naomi (another aide and Eudora's friend) is attracted to Leo; and Miles is attracted to Naomi. This leads to circumstances that cause a fire at the state facility at Tamarack and destroys lives and relationships. Excellent storytelling as well as history and science. Barrett is terrific!
Griff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Uncharacteristically for one of Barrett's book, it was not until three-quarters of the way through the story that I suddenly was drawn in emotionally. Prior to that I was thinking, "the pace is slow - I am not enamored with this book." As a physician, much of the book was fascinating from a clinical and scientific perspective. Barrett's ability to do so is one of the many dimensions of pleasure I experience in her writing, but that wasn't enough to carry the day. In the end, however, its emotional power finally emerged. The ultimate political and social insights evoked a disturbing realization that felt all too real, all too recent, despite the setting of close to 100 years ago. It was at that point my opinion changed. I would not hesitate to recommend this book, though I would give the advice to be patient. It significantly pays off by the last page.
veronicay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have loved every Andrea Barrett book I've read, most especially The Voyage of the Narwhal. Somehow I was a little disppointed with this one. Maybe it was because the first copy I received had a 16-page section missing in the middle! Kudos to the Book Depository for getting a replacement to me within a week, but I was reading something else by then and had lost the thread; I had to skim-read to get back into it.So long story short, as usual Barret beautifully incorporates science into a story of real people living difficult lives. It's a subtle meditation on group dynamics anc casual xenophobia.
michaelbartley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like andrea barrett's novels, she has a nice mixture of ideas, science, and a people. she in that regard a lot like richard powers, this novel also had a historical novel feel. the story of america entering ww 1 also studied how we deal with grief.
anyanwubutler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barrett is all about setting. This novel, like the others of hers I have read, is about scientists and science, takes place at a tuberculosis sanitarium in the Adirondacks during World War I. Leo Marburg had studied chemistry in the Ukraine and Russia. He came to New York six years before and has only had menial jobs since. When he got sick, alone, without a family, he was sent to a large state-run sanitarium. The sanitarium starts weekly classes for the edification of the staff and residents taught by them. But a rich older patient from a private cure home falls in love with a young townie. She falls in love with Leo, Leo falls in love with her best friend. ¿He felt -- this astonished him --grateful. Not since he was a boy had he had time to think and study and look at the world and himself; and although throughout his stay up here he`d been sick, sometimes terribly so¿ at the same time these past months had been astonishing. Food, shelter, books, the forest, our Wednesday gatherings. The world, unclouded. Eudora.¿
hickmanmc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Follett -- Conflict and resentments break out in a small Adirondack town in the fall of 1916 when Miles Fairchild, a wealthy resident living in a "cure cottage" while being treated for tuberculosis, decides to start a discussion group with patients--mostly poor European immigrants--confined in the state-run sanitorium.This book is one of the finalists for Columbia's One Read. It does cover the historical period in an interesting way (through the stories of the patients and workers at the sanatorium). It probably would not be of interest to most high school students. I found myself not that invested in any of the characters. Although that might have been because I read it quickly.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her style is oddly didactic, but what kept me reading was her unusual use of the combined second and third persons ("we," and then shifting to "he" or "she" for individual characters). This was very effective, since the novel was essentially about the tension between individuals and the group, i.e. the collective patients in the sanatorium and the main characters, all of whom went against the norm in one way or another. A very interesting slice of American medical and political life, though it got a bit melodramatic at the end.
Voracious_Reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Air We Breathe is an historical novel about a group of individuals confined to a tuberculosis hospital in the Adirondacks during World War I. The story isn't really about historical events or the circumstances in which these people find themselves as it is about human conflict both large and small being fed by virtuous and selfish passions. Barrett uses all sorts of clever plot devices and narrative voice to create an almost claustrophobic narrative that weaves together science, history, politics, and social policy. It's a beautiful contemporary novel. Have you ever gone for a walk or been sitting outside, listening to music far off in the distance, music you can only just hear, that sounds really familiar and strangely comforting? That's the feeling I got from this book, i.e., eerily familiar and subtle throughout.
owenre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isolated and insulated from the world in their cocoons, the TB patients at a state sanitarium tell their story. It is a small and shameful story of xenophobia and misunderstanding among those who by their ostracism from the world and their families should have done better; should have been less placidly herded into their hissing gossipy little groups instead of standing up bravely for a companion.It is the eve of WWII, the Great War, and American cities rest on an underpinning of immigrant laborers to do the hard and dirty work. Most of these immigrants are from central Europe, Russia and other Slavic regions and from Italy; they are short and swarthy and they do not resemble the Anglo-Saxon or Germanic stock that inhabits the New York town and as such are viewed with suspicion. Later even the Germans, despite their love of the German gifts to culture, such as the three B's or the university system as we know it, are thrust into outsider status by the war. Everyone is an outsider, except for a select few who by birthright are True Americans, and even those with impeccable credentials are on shaky ground should they adopt the wrong attitude. This isolation fuels misunderstanding and cruelty and later pain and death.The lack of connection hides the rich history behind these patients who live such a regimented life as to stifle any individuality. That this common laborer in a sugar factory should have been an aspiring chemist who read with more than journeyman¿s delight the texts that uncover the mysteries of the atomic bond never occurs to anyone except one of the great and wonderful characters in this book, a nearly self taught and horribly disfigured radiologist. Even when we are given a glimpse of the life behind the diseased body of one of the TB patients, it is so glancing and distorted as to not really sink in. A patient has a daughter he cares so much for that he runs away from the sanitarium to see her when she is ill, and yet we know nothing of her, nor of him after he leaves the magic circle, although we know that this was an act that was at best illegal and more likely mortally dangerous.The silence is broken by a tubercular patient who is in a very different position from the warehoused ones in state custody. He is a man of privilege, also with a past he remembers fondly, but with a present that is so comfortable that he swims in self righteousness, with all the ugly attendant follies of self-righteousness, fussiness, arrogance, selfishness, myopia, insensitivity and lack of imagination, to name a few. He brings the whole world to a head by stirring up this quiet pool of people with a weekly round circle to improve their minds. It gets out of hand, the human mind being a damnable thing once loosed and there is love and longing as a result, and people get hurt, people die even. He and his ilk, in high dudgeon, indulge themselves in the worst sort of xenophobic jingoism in the war effort and to what end? He is wrong about so many things from the prospect of a young girl loving him to the threat of the local choir director to the war movement to the need to remove reading material so that there will not be sedition among the dying. There is hope here in this gloomy and cold climate. There is a doctor that stands up to the threats and the girl who finds that she is more than she knew. There is a discovery of ability and delight among the patients. This is, though, a completely dead end place, an isolated dead zone. The main characters, the two nearly lovers, who we admire and care about, can only save themselves by escape to another, safer place than these toxic places where people came to recover, except so many died, another hidden story. Barrett writes so well about human issues and science. I have enjoyed everything of hers that I have read. She does not use an extra word. Things are what they are and then more which is better than too much on the surface. Emotions run high and yet people deal wit
reader517 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andrea Barrett lovingly explores the poetic relationship between science and the desires of the human heart. Many of her characters find themselves pondering their lives in places separating them from the rest of society ¿ a ship frozen in the Arctic, an expedition in an exotic place ¿ and in this novel the characters are quarantined in a tuberculosis sanitarium in upstate New York on the eve of the First World War. The story revolves around one patient, Leo Marburg, a recent immigrant, who while at first chaffing under the restrictions imposed by the rules of the institution (like the rigidly enforced rule to relax), finds friendship and love through a weekly discussion group. He also finds a purpose when one of the doctors lends him chemistry books to study so that he may help her with the radiographs she uses to chart patients¿ progress, setting into motion events that ultimately trigger a tragedy.Barrett paints a quiet picture of very human characters with all their charms and flaws thrown together by outside forces, coming together, and pulling apart. Readers of some of her previous books (Ship Fever, The Voyage of the Narwhal, Servants of the Map) will recognize familiar names. One of the delights of reading Barrett is how she weaves characters, and even objects, from one story and one time period to another, creating a world of relationships and history. But not having read any of her other works does not at all detract from the enjoyment of this book. In one slim volume, this novel takes on issues of war, friendship, love, betrayal, time, philosophy, gender, class, and guilt, all written in beautifully clear, lyrical prose. Highly recommended.
pandalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in the Adirondacks at the beginning of World War I, this historical fiction title follows the lives of tuberculosis patients "curing" at a sanatorium. Miles, a well-meaning wealthy factory owner, begins weekly gatherings where the patients and staff become better acquainted. The exploration of relationships is the main focus of the book - relationships between Miles and the rest of the patients, between Miles and Naomi (his driver), Leo (another patient) and Eudora, and Leo and his roommates are all examined with World War I as the backdrop. Many of the patients, including Leo, are immigrants from Eastern Europe and as the war escalates, suspicions of espionage abound. I didn't like Miles at all - which makes the exploration of his relationships even more interesting. Reading about the discrimination and suspicion that Leo was subjected to reminded me of the treatment of the Japanese during World War II and people from the Middle East after 9/11. History does repeat itself. All in all, an interesting book.
cabegley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a tuberculosis cure community in the Catskills during World War I, The Air We Breathe is Andrea Barrett¿s latest meld of science, history, and fiction. Barrett manages to inform her readers not only in the pre-antibiotic attempts at a tuberculosis cure, but also in areas such as the development of X-ray technology, early revelations on the structure of atoms, the initial use of poison gas in warfare and its effects on the human body, and the paranoia and dangerous patriotism in America during the war. Readers of Barrett¿s previous works will also have tantalizing glimpses of the lives of characters from Ship Fever, The Voyage of the Narwhal, and Servants of the Map.Barrett¿s usual themes are on display, particularly the effect of scientific advances on society, for good or ill, and the struggle of women to be part of that scientific world. The science and the political situation of the time were exhaustively researched, and Barrett crammed a lot of that research into the story. In the process, she sacrificed on plot and character (flaws that were also evident in The Voyage of the Narwhal). The plot is basic¿a love quadrangle, a clearly telegraphed calamity, and a long denouement¿and carried out by mostly one-dimensional characters. It¿s all really just there as a place to hang all that fascinating information Barrett uncovered in her research.Readers interested in science and history will probably forgive Barrett¿s character and plot weaknesses. Barrett has a lot of interesting information to impart, and her short fiction has proven that she can produce interesting plot and character in the short form. The Air We Breathe falls short, but Barrett is still a writer to watch.
katie.chase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up "The Air We Breathe" and began to read, I was in love. The setting of the scene in the first pages had that strange power of really good opening lines; as I read the first words, I felt myself flying down over the setting like a bird, viewing the scene from above just as the author wrote it. I have a penchant for novels that begin this way- starting with the landscape in which the events are set. The effect can be too heavy-handed, sure. But when it is well-done, everything just seems to flow out of the setting completely naturally. I liked the third person narration, too. I went to a small girl¿s school for 13 years, and I recognized the voice as one I sometimes have used. At the time I would have said that everyone was an individual and that, although there were cliques and factions, we didn¿t all feel one way together. But when I tell stories about those days, I find myself using a similar ¿we¿. ¿We all thought that she had done it¿. ¿we used to do this silly thing in the locker room after classes ended¿. Was there really a ¿we¿, then? Or is time just amalgamating myself and all the other girls into one being in my mind? Do I just say that because it makes me feel like I belonged to the group (which I seldom felt at the time)? So I can feel the comfort of the voice Barrett uses. And I found it very interesting when individual voices objected to the group narration. I adored this book for the first 75 pages or so. But after the initial infatuation at the beginning of a good book, I got into the (sometimes hard) work of getting through everything that happens before the climax. The neat narrative voice became commonplace, and I felt like I could see just where everything was going to go. Sure, I didn¿t know exactly what was going to happen which each plot line, but I felt like everything was going to come to a fairly predictable crisis, and then people will go on, most of them alone and relatively unhappy, some satisfied with the things that happened. I'd be left cold. The tone was more lyrical and mysterous in the early part of the book. It really started to drag in the middle section, and I just couldn't make it through! I¿m sorry Andrea Barrett! And I¿m sorry, LT! Can I review a book I haven¿t finished? Guess I just did. I'll write more if I ever get back in the saddle.
deckla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told from the collective voice of the patients at the Tamarack State Institution for Tuberculosis around the time the U.S. entered World War I, this novel is an exploration of smart people who cling tightly to beliefs or passions to the point they refuse to acknowledge overwhelming evidence to the contrary or to see clearly the people they entertain beliefs about. The patients set up a Wednesday afternoon discussion group in an attempt to educate themselves and learn from each other; the interpersonal dynamics in the group end up wreaking destruction. Barrett's evocation of life in the sanatarium is rich and intriguing, her characters are well-drawn, and her sentences spin the illusion that you are hearing someone narrate the sequence of events.
MarianV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The air we breathe -- a necessity to every living creature--plays a large role in Andrea Barrett's novel of life in the public tuberculosis sanatorium of Tamarack Lake in the early 1900's. It is the fresh, "pure" mountain air of the Adirondacks that brings TB sufferers to that area because the only cure for tuberculosis at that time is bed-rest, eating large meals of healthful food & breathing pure, uncontaminated air.The story begins with a new arrival at the sanatorium. He is Leo Marburg, a young chemist who has emigrated from central Europe &, unable to find work in his profession, takes a series of menial low-paying jobs. Andrea Barrett draws her characters carefully. Along with Leo, we meet some of the other patients, each unique, each with their own unfortunate history. We are also introduced to 2 young girls who live in the town of Tamarack Lake, Naomi whose mother manages a private "Cure Cottage" for wealthy victims & Eudora who works as a maid. Eudora is interested in finding out how things work & tho lacking in scientific training, is befriended by Irene the radiologist who introduces her to the new science of radiology with its mysterious X-rays that are able to probe beneath the skin & reveal the progression of the disease as it attacks the lungs.There are many friendships at the sanatorium. Some are brief, others lasting, most with an air of desperation, for the future of the patients is uncertain. They are removed from old friends & family & they are deprived of the activities that once brightened their lives & gave them meaning. And they are well aware of the disease that threatens every breath they take.Into this world steps Miles Fairchild, an upper-class, wealthy owner of a cement factory. He, too, suffers from TB, but he receives his treatment at a private "Cure Cottage" run by Naomi's mother. Miles idea is to establish a series of enlightening talks, once a week, to the "uncultured" patients of the state run sanatorium. Naomi, who helps her mother with the cottage, drives Miles back & forth to his weekly meetings. She & her friend Eudora & some of the staff join the patients in what turns out to be a lively & entertaining event. Some of the discusions center on Utopian Communities; Leo's room-mate had belonged to one, but it had failed in its purpose of living entirely from the land when no market could be found for its products. Similar communities are discussed, New Harmony, Shakers, which all failed due to to human weaknesses - love, sex, jealousy, the urge for security being a few.It is the entrance of the US into The Great War that brings the happy meetings to an end. Miles has joined a secret government project to investigate threats to US security. "There are a million German aliens living here," he tells the group. "Probably half of them spies." And Miles is off, on his own private witch hunt, meeting with law enforcement, government officials & fellow industrialists all eager to seek out & destroy any threat to the security of the homeland. Unfortunately, his TB limits him to the environs of Tamarack Lake.The coming together of events, historical, personal & romantic leads to the climax of the novel & its denouement. Suspense increases as the main characters, one by one,are overcome by their own emotions & driven to actions whose results are surprising but not unexpected. Andrea Barrett's characters are true to themselves& the story reaches a satisfying conclusion. I stayed up late to finish this book. It is an intriguing look into a time that is past. We now have drugs to help in the fight against TB, unfortunately, the other struggles still continue with no remedy in sight.
tara35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Andrea Barrett's The Air We Breathe from Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. This novel takes place in upstate New York in 1916 in a village called Tamarack Lake - a place primarily populated by sufferers of tuberculosis. The wealthy stay in private cute cottages, the less fortunate are wards of the state and thus live in the public sanatorium. There is a war going on across the ocean and the residents of this community wonder and wait to find out if the United States will become involved. Barrett takes her time with this story, introducing us to each character in turn, so that the reader might get to know each one as an individual - how they came to be in this place, and their hopes and dreams. Leo Marberg is the main character in this tale, a young Russian immigrant who speaks multiple languages and was trained as a chemist in the old country; he has not yet fulfilled his dreams in this new world. Eudora and Naomi are girls from the village with differing ideas of how to get what they want from this life. Miles Fairchild is a wealthy owner of a concrete company as well as a patient; he tries to use his time productively. This is the story of how these people and others become entwined in one another's lives, of the love quadrangle that results, and ultimately the disaster that occurs. I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I thought Andrea Barrett's characterization was brilliant, I felt as thought I knew each person in the story. She uses a unique perspective in telling this story - it is told in the collective "We" and represents the other patients at the sanatorium, the ones not directly involved in the action. I particularly enjoyed learning about early x-ray technology as well as how tuberculosis was treated in these times with no appropriate medications. Overall, I would recommend this book. I understand that there are characters in this book that have also appeared in her other books so this might be of particular interest to those who have read Barrett's other work.
TheTwoDs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sly observation of the penchant for gossip amongst people forced to spend time together, Andrea Barrett's The Air We Breathe manages to distill the often overlooked time prior to US involvement in World War I and offer it up as a reflection of current American society.Leo Marburg is a poor immigrant struggling to make a living in New York City when he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and eventually makes his way to Tamarack Lake, a TB cure community in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. There he resides with other destitute TB patients in a sanatorium, ordered to rest and breathe the pure mountain air in order to recover from illness. Also in town are various privately run residences catering to wealthy TB patients, one of whom, industrialist Miles Fairchild, decides to become involved in the lives of the patients at the sanatorium by starting weekly discussion groups. As the patients begin to open up and discuss their pasts and hopes for the future, the patients take over the group and turn it into a learning group, each patient teaching the others the subject in which he specializes.Meanwhile, battle rages on the fields of Europe as pro- and anti-US involvement fervor sweeps the country, including Tamarack Lake. The town gets swept up in anti-immigrant fervor, which is exploited when a tragedy at the sanatorium leads to the deaths of several patients.Two teenage girls, best of friends, one of whom works at the sanatorium and one whose mother runs one of the private cure cottages, begin to take different paths into adulthood when ill-fated romantic engagements cross with those seeking to recover from their illness.Ms. Barrett's prose is clear and precise, with an effect reminiscent of that of John Banville's The Sea - Banville managed to impart a feeling of rolling along the swells of a heaving ocean while Barrett paints a picture of mountain living you will swear you have arrived in the Adirondacks yourself.The novel incorporates some characters from Ms. Barrett's previous books and possibly that is the reason the denouement seems as if it was wrapped up a little too rushed. However, this does not take away from a pleasurable reading experience. A novel should take the reader to a new place, a new time and introduce her to characters she will want to follow for some time and The Air We Breathe does all of this with remarkable clarity. I look forward to reading the author's previous works.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"This--this!--is what we did," are the final words spoken in this novel by a collective "we," the patients at Tamarack State Sanatorium in New York's Adirondacks, where many indigent people afflicted with tuberculosis were sent by the state in the time just prior to US involvement in WWI. At first, the use of the plural first threw me off a bit, however, I came to realize that the voices of the collective tended to function in some ways like the classical Greek chorus. The "this" that was lamented by this group is the focus of the story.Near to Tamarack State others afflicted with tuberculosis are being cared for in homes rather than the sanatorium; these are people who have money and means to escape the state-mandated stay. One of these people is Miles Fairchild, the owner of a cement company. His well-intentioned idea of starting a weekly discussion group among the patients at Tamarack State seems like a good idea at first. The woman who owns the house in which he lives has a daughter who drives him weekly to the sanatorium, and there, he involves the patients in talking about what they did before they were sent to Tamarack State. However, once it looks like the US is going to get involved in the war, Fairchild's activities in support of the American effort lead to tragic consequences for one of the patients in particular, an immigrant named Leo Marburg. The prose was, I thought, quite restrained; I might venture to say somewhat understated. Based on my previous reading of Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal, I know that the author has a definite feel not only for voice, but for characterization as well. I have to say though that although the story in Air that We Breathe had to be told the way it was in order for the reader to fully grasp just what has happened at Tamarack State and why it was allowed to happen, it was a bit tedious at times and this (to me) detracted from my reading enjoyment. To be really frank, sometimes I wondered just where the heck she was going with this story. Overall, I did enjoy the story and I did appreciate the beauty of Barrett's writing. Who would like this book? Anyone who enjoys reading about American politics in the changing political scene at the beginning of World War I should definitely not miss it, and those who want something new and different from what's currently out there on their local bookstore's shelves should pick this one up as well. It's definitely well worth the time and energy you put into it. It does run much deeper than surface level when you stop and consider what's really going on in this novel, so if you want something you can stop and think about every so often, you won't be disappointed. Very intricately spun (a trademark of Barrett's work); do not look for warm fuzzies here or you'll be sadly disappointed. My thanks go to the powers that be at Librarything for allowing me to read this book.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
"The Air We Breathe" is Andrea Barrett's sweeping and intelligent story of tuberculosis patients at the turn of the 20th century. She gives us the medical, scientific and cultural history in which she sets her well-developed characters. I have worked with refugess who had been exposed to TB, and yet I still learned a lot of new info about TB. Hopefully someone will make a movie out of this beautiful, mesmerizing story.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
"The Air We Breathe" is Andrea Barrett's sweeping and intelligent story of tuberculosis patients at the turn of the 20th century. She gives us the medical, scientific and cultural history in which she sets her well-developed characters. I have worked with refugess who had been exposed to TB, and yet I still learned a lot of new info about TB. Hopefully someone will make a movie out of this beautiful, mesmerizing story.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
"The Air We Breathe" is Andrea Barrett's sweeping and intelligent story of tuberculosis patients at the turn of the 20th century. She gives us the medical, scientific and cultural history in which she sets her well-developed characters. I have worked with refugess who had been exposed to TB, and yet I still learned a lot of new info about TB. Hopefully someone will make a movie out of this beautiful, mesmerizing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great work by Andrea Barrett.  I have read all her works and enjoy them imensely.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get through the sample