17. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 07/14/2012

Evvy has tuberculosis and is sent to the Loon Lake Sanatorium to recover. She is put into a room with other girls her age: Dena, Bethany, Pearl and Sarah. Together they struggle with their disease and the ever present fear that death is just around the corner.

All I have to say about this book is Wow! I loved it. It was such a powerful look and how these girls struggled every day with the certainty that death could take them. There was death around them always. And the author was not afraid to be truthful and let death enter the story. This is not a happily-ever-after kind of book. People die from tuberculosis especially in the 1940s. It was a deadly disease with some awful treatments that didn’t always work. I think this book was pretty truthful in its look at sanatorium life. I especially appreciated the authors note at the end explaining more about the disease and its treatment. The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking that I needed to learn more about TB and how it was treated. Fascinating, well-written book.

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