The Air We Breathe
Unabridged Value-Priced Edition
Publication Date: June 2010
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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. 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.
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.