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Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett mixes her interest in science and history into her novels. (Globe Staff / Jonathan Wiggs) Globe Staff / Jonathan Wiggs

Breathing lessons

Present-day fears surface in novelist's exploration of WWI sanatorium

By David Mehegan
Globe Staff / October 2, 2007

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In this confident age of science, the terror of tuberculosis and its hoped-for cure through fresh air and rest seems long ago and far away, even with the recent resurgence of drug-resistant strains. However, Andrea Barrett's new novel, "The Air We Breathe," set in an Adirondack sanatorium during World War I, connects with that world. As historical ... (Full article: 1216 words)

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