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The Air We Breathe: A Novel

 
 
 
 
The Air We Breathe: A Novel
Author: Andrea Barrett
ISBN 13: 9780393333077
ISBN 10: 393333078
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2008-10-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $14.95
 
 

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

The Washington Post - Maureen Corrigan

The 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.