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The Virtues of Oxygen
by Susan Schoenberger

Published: 2014-07-22
Paperback : 242 pages
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From the award-winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits. Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy. Now barely able to make ends meet editing the ...

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From the award-winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits. Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy. Now barely able to make ends meet editing the town’s struggling newspaper, she manages to stay afloat with help from her family. Then her mother suffers a stroke, and Holly’s world begins to completely fall apart.

Vivian has lived an extraordinary life, despite the fact that she has been confined to an iron lung since contracting polio as a child. Her condition means she requires constant monitoring, and the close-knit community joins together to give her care and help keep her alive. As their town buckles under the weight of the Great Recession, Holly and Vivian, two very different women both touched by pain, forge an unlikely alliance that may just offer each an unexpected salvation.

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by Phyllisb (see profile) 03/20/15

 
  "The Virtues of Oxygen"by alden (see profile) 01/14/15

This was very interesting especially to the younger
members of the group who did not live through the
time when polio was not contained with a vaccine.

 
  "Sad"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 11/17/14

2 1/2 Stars. I loved the premise of this book, however I believe the author failed with regards to the characters. The characters lacked depth and were not believable.

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