The Air We Breathe

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The Air We Breathe

By Andrea Barrett; Jeff Woodman (Narrated by)

BBC Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9781602839861

Publication Date: July 1, 2010


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.

About the Author
Andrea Barrett has received a National Book Award and a MacArthur grant and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A fellow at the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, Barrett lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, and teaches at Williams College.

Narrator Jeff Woodman created the title role in Tennessee Williams' "The Notebook of Trigorin" and won the S.F. Critics' Circle Award for his performance in "An Ideal Husband." In addition to numerous Off-Broadway credits, his television work includes "Sex and the City, Law & Order, " and "Cosby." His 200 plus audiobooks have earned him three Audie nominations, fourteen Golden Earphone awards, a People magazine Annual Top 5 citation, and inclusion in "AudioFile"'s Top 50 Voices of the Century.