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Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks
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Jul 30, 11

Read from July 28 to 30, 2011

I received this book from Good Reads First Reads---- thank you.

Although I believe this coming of age story about a young girl confined to a tb sanitarium is written as a YA novel, it would certainly appeal to adults as well. Marie-Claire and her two siblings all test positive for tb after prolonged exposure to her infected uncle, and in the early World War II years, that meant confinement in an institution. Treatment ranged from keeping the patients outside on the balcony overnite, even in cold weather, to purposefully collapsing a lung, to rest it in hopes of recovery. Her roomate pulls her through the worst of her experiences, but must eventually be left behind as Marie-Claire begins to recover. A story of loss, teenage angst and the meaning of friendship, told from a very interesting perspective.
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