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
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
It's not full of action, but it is a compelling story. Death is very real, and some of...more
The author's note is over-the-top with detail and the FOUR PAGES of acknowledgments are a little much. (Especi...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
The book is sort of quiet, unobtrusive and strong, just like Evvy. She finds her way to having strength to get well and to support her friends.
Evvie has been sent to a tuberculosis hospital, and while she is there learns more about herself and life. A book about friendship, love, and hope in the midst of feeling out of place and alone.
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