Waiting on Wednesday #23

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Breathing Room

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 Dina, whose harshness conceals a deep strength. Together, the girls brave the difficult daily routines. Set in 1940 at a time of political unrest throughout the U.S. and Europe, this thought-provoking novel sheds light on a much-feared worldwide illness. Hundreds of thousands of people died each year of TB, and many ill children were sent away to sanatoriums to hopefully recover.

This is a masterful novel—both eloquent and moving—that gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness.

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles sounds like nothing I have read before. And what a simple yet effective cover! 

Due to be released by Macmillan in September 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week? Do you know any other YA books featuring diseases other than cancer? Please share your WoW in the comments!

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One thought on “Waiting on Wednesday #23

  1. Ooh I haven’t heard of this one! It certainly sounds unique and sounds like it tackles some real issues. I’m aiming to read more historical at the moment so I’ll definitely try and check it out when it’s released. Thanks for highlighting this book!

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