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The Air We Breathe

(2007)
A novel by

 
The exquisite, much-anticipated new novel by the author of Ship Fever, winner of the National Book Award.

In fall 1916, Americans debate whether to enter the European war. "Preparedness parades" march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated community 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 large public sanatorium. For all, time stands still. Prisoners of routine and yearning for absent families, the patients, including the newly arrived Leo Marburg, take solace in gossip, rumor, and--sometimes--secret attachments.

An enterprising patient initiates a weekly discussion group. When his well-meaning efforts lead instead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of 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.

The Air We Breathe, though entirely self-contained, extends the web of connected characters begun with Ship Fever.

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Hardback Editions

March 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-09-192094-9 / 978-0-09-192094-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Air We Breathe (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 1-4104-0365-3 / 978-1-4104-0365-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Air We Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-393-06108-6 / 978-0-393-06108-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-09-951946-1 / 978-0-09-951946-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Air We Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-393-33307-8 / 978-0-393-33307-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-09-192133-3 / 978-0-09-192133-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

June 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 1-60283-986-7 / 978-1-60283-986-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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October 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0-7927-5026-8 / 978-0-7927-5026-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 1-60283-315-X / 978-1-60283-315-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Air We Breathe
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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October 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Air We Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Andrea Barrett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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