Andrea Barrett The Air We Breathe

ISBN 13: 9780091921330

The Air We Breathe

 
9780091921330: The Air We Breathe

A novel of love during wartime from the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever.

In Fall 1916, Americans debate whether to enter the European war. "Preparedness parades" march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated town in the Adirondacks, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the public sanatorium. For all, time stands still.

An enterprising patient initiates a discussion group. When his well-meaning efforts lead instead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. The conjunction of thwarted desires and political tension binds the patients so deeply that, finally, they speak about what's happened in a single voice.

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In the autumn of 1916, Americans are debating whether to enter the first world war. There are 'preparedness parades', and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated community in the Adirondacks in upstate New York, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, many of them recent immigrants from Europe, fill the sanatorium.

Her, in the crisp air, time stands still. Prisoners of routine and yearning for absent families, the inmates, including the newly arrived Leo Marburg, take solace in gossip, rumour and secret attachments.

An enterprising patient initiates a weekly discussion group. When his well-meaning efforts lead instead to tragedy and betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. Andrea Barrett pits power and privilege against unrest and thwarted desire, in a spellbinding tale of individual lives in a nation on the verge of extraordinary change

Praise for The Air We Breathe: "Andrea Barrett is in a class by herself. A near-perfect equipoise between smooth storytelling and the suggestion of larger truths" Newsday

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Praise for Ship Fever:

'Elegant and exhilarating, subtle and haunting. Barrett has an alchemists's talent for transforming scientific fact into lively fiction' Sunday Times

'An exceptionally stylish book, stylish in the true sense' Penelope Fitzgerald

'Wise, beautifully written and full of historical insights' Marie Claire

'Barrett's mingling of the real with the fictitious is persuasive, and her unique world view is delivered in prose that is spare, precise and evocative' Independent on Sunday

'Stands out for its sheer intelligence, its painstaking attempt to discern and describe the world's configuration. The overall effect is quietly dazzling' New York Times

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Published by W. W. Norton & Co (2008)
ISBN 10: 0091921333 ISBN 13: 9780091921330
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