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Preview — Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles
Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There’s Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and Di
Loved this book! It was so interesting! It's 1940, 13-year-old Evvy lives in Minnesota, and has tuberculosis. She spends time in Loon Lake TB Sanatorium in order to recover.
Sometimes people lived for years and years in the sanatoriums, and so many patients died. Evvy experiences the typical TB care of the time which included lots of rest, lots of food, and strict medical care.
She develops relationships with the other girls in her room, and not everyone has a happy ending.
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The story was ende...more
With short quick chapters Evvy guides us through her time at Loon Lake from fear and loneliness to friendship, love, loss and healing. Because the novel take...more
Not The Magic Mountain, though. Euch. After about 400 pages of Magic Mountain and you start to think Naphtha had the right idea in his method of getting the hell out of that story.
"Breathing Room" was rather dull,...more
It's a very good read, maybe a 4th-6th grade reading level. It's good because you can see and visualize the struggles that Evvy has, and...more
I'm not sure that the morbid content is suited...more
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 b...more
Breathing Room takes place in 1940 at a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. 13 year old Evvy has to leave everyone and everything she knows in order to get well. At Loon Lake Sanitorium in Minnesota, she is housed with other girls her age in a ward where the biggest rule is to rest. This means no talking, walking, or even going to the bathroom. (Can you say metal bedpans?) Stoic...more
I can't believe I'm the first to have read this book on GoodReads! What a great book--a well crafted story based on such a scary time period for those who suffered with TB. I was totally engrossed and developed a bond with the characters. Tear jerker for sure, as many do not survive TB. Story is about girls living in a sanatorium, in order to heal and to prevent exposure to others as TB was a highly contagious disease in 1940. The boredom that was their daily existence as REST was one of...more
I really liked this book. I don't usually read realistic fiction (I prefe...more
This historical novel did a great job informing the reader what it was like for girls who contracted tuberculosis, what life is like when committed to a sanitarium, what it was like to leave family and friends, and what it was like to lose someone to TB.
It's not full of action, but it is a compelling story. Death is very real, and some of...more