Breath by Michael Symmons Roberts
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ISBN
9780224078023
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
 
 
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Breath is set in a country recovering from a brutal and divisive civil war between north and south. The war may be over but people's memories are long and hatreds are slow to fade.

A teenage boy, Jamie, is knocked off his bike and dies in a city street. His father, Geoff Andrews, manager of the main hospital, is asked if he will allow one of Jamie's lungs to be removed and flown north for a transplant. He agrees, and the mercy mission begins: six hours to get the lung out of one body and into another.

As the night unfolds, and the plane travels through storms across the war-ravaged country and over the border, we see the drama from three different perspectives: Andrews, grieving for the son he perhaps never knew well enough - this one single death overwhelming, even after the deaths of so many; the lung's recipient, Baras, an old man fighting for breath, and life - a northerner with blood on his hands; and in the turbulent sky between them, Jude, the young pilot, who is closest to Jamie - or at least to his breath, his spirit, his voice.

A novel about violence and vengeance, and what must take their place, Breath is a moving and timely examination of the fractures of war and grief and the long struggle towards peace and reconciliation.
ISBN:
9780224078023
Publication Date:
01 / 05 / 2008

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