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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011
Novelist and short story writer Andrea Barrett is known for combining her interest in science with stories of families and relationships. A winner of the National Book Award for her short story collection, Ship Fever, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her collection, Servants of the Map, Barrett is also the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Barrett explains how her interest in zoology took her not to the laboratory but, surprisingly, to the world of fiction writing. It required many years for her to develop her craft, and Barrett, the author of eight books, counsels young writers to have patience and persevere. Barrett speaks about her newest book, the 2007 novel, The Air We Breathe, a work that deals with the lives of convalescents in a TB sanitarium in the Adirondacks just before the beginning of World War I.