The Sweetness of Water

The Sweetness of Water

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In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, a profound debut about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever.

In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry—freed by the Emancipation Proclamation—seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.

Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community. In the aftermath of so much turmoil, it is Isabelle who emerges as an unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.

With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.

Title:The Sweetness of Water
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316461276
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    The Sweetness of Water Reviews

  • Liz

    The Sweetness of Water is a contemporary classic about the Reconstruction period of the southern states after the Civil War. George is a transplanted northerner in Georgia. Originally content to sell ...

  • Karen

    This is a heartbreaking but hopeful novel .. written so beautifully.. and this is one that I went into blind.. and enjoyed it so much, so I’m not going to say much about it.I will say that this auth...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook….read by William DeMeritt,who was outstanding!!! … 12 hours and 8 minutes Magnificent…. an instant classic! Really extraordinary! …Engrossing storytelling ……Heartbreaking cruelt...

  • David

    This is a fabulous debut novel from Nathan Harris. With sparkling prose, Harris tells a compelling story set in the early days of Reconstruction in Georgia. The Walker family is front and center - a w...

  • Jen

    This is a slow burn of a story. It’s the end of the civil war and the slaves have been freed.Two of them, Prentiss and Landry, make their way to a farm where they are hired by a white man, George Wa...

  • Ron Charles

    “The Sweetness of Water” — the latest Oprah Book Club pick — unfolds in Georgia during the murky twilight of the Civil War. Union soldiers have marched through the state telling enslaved Black...

  • Diane S ?

    The Civil War is over. The blacks have been freed. What is freedom though when they have no money, no place to live, no place to work unless they decide to stay and work for their former owners. The w...

  • Provin Martin

    This is a story of forgiveness and doing the right thing. Set in Georgia during the final days of the Civil War, we meet George Walker who lives on his farm with his wife, Isabelle. They have recently...

  • Faith

    “Instead, the spark of life that connects you to the other you cherish simply dims and then goes black entirely. The present thunders on while the past is a wound untended, unstitched, felt but neve...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize as well as an Oprah Book club pick – an impressive double for a debut novelist under 30.The book opens, in my view, very impressively for the first 150 pages or ...