The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett audiobook

The Air We Breathe: A Novel

By Andrea Barrett
Read by Jeff Woodman

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
10.30 Hours Unabridged
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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. Here, 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, rumor, 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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Here, 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, rumor, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A careful researcher and an even more deliberate writer…This expertly paced and thoughtfully written book is ample testament to her gifts.” Elle
“In the fall of 1916, as the US involvement in WWI looms, the Adirondack town of Tamarack Lake houses a public sanitarium and private cure cottages for TB patients…Details of New York tenements and of the sanitarium’s regime are vivid and engrossing. The plot, which hinges on the coming of WWI, has a lock-step logic…the tragedy, betrayal, and heartbreak of war extend far beyond the battlefield.” Publishers Weekly
“Wealthy tuberculosis sufferers cure their lungs on private porches, while poor immigrants endure long stays at Tamarack State Sanatorium…Her storytelling restraint evokes the era…Fans of her previous work are unlikely to be disappointed.” Booklist
“The Air We Breathe strikes a sharp allegorical note with civil liberty issues today.” Bookmarks magazine

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English