The Sweetness of Water

by Nathan Harris

Historical fiction Literary Fiction Debuts History

The Sweetness of Water Synopsis

In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers Landry and Prentiss find themselves cast into the world without a penny to their names. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgia plantation, they're soon discovered by the land's owner, George Walker, a man still reeling from the loss of his son in the war.

When the brothers begin to live and work on George's farm, the tentative bonds of trust and union begin to blossom between the strangers. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before the inhabitants of the nearby town of Old Ox react with fury at the alliances being formed only a few miles away . . .

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ISBN: 9781472274373
Publication date: 15th June 2021
Author: Nathan Harris
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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Nathan Harris Press Reviews

The Sweetness of Water is a fine, lyrical novel, impressive at the level of the sentence, and in its complex interweaving of the grand and the intimate, of the personal and political. In presenting two narratives largely overlooked in traditional renderings of the war, Harris breathes new life into a period of history whose stories have grown stale with overtelling - Observer

An insightful first novel... [a] highly accomplished debut - Sunday Times

As I read this masterful novel I kept thinking-this young 29-year-old is a first-time author, so how did he do this? As the best writers can do, Nathan takes us back in time, and helps us to feel we are right there with Prentiss and Landry as they get their first taste of freedom. I rooted for them, and feared for them too - Oprah in Associated Press

That this powerful book is Nathan Harris's debut novel is remarkable; that he's only 29 is miraculous. His prose is burnished with an antique patina that evokes the mid-19th century. And he explores this liminal moment in history with extraordinary sensitivity to the range of responses from Black and White Americans contending with a revolutionary ideal of personhood. . . . Harris stacks the timbers of this plot deliberately, and the moment a spark alights, the whole structure begins to burn hot. If this is an era - and a genre - that has no room for encouragement, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER is finally willing to carve out a little oasis of hope - Washington Post

What a gifted, assured writer Nathan Harris is. He does what all novelists are supposed to do-give birth to vivid characters, people worth caring about, and then get out of their way. The result is better than any debut novel has a right to be. With The Sweetness of Water, Harris has, in a sense, unwritten Gone With the Wind, detonating its phony romanticism, its unearned sympathies, its wretched racism -- Richard Russo Harris' lucid prose and vivid characterization illustrate a community at war with itself, poisoned by pride and mired in racial and sexual bigotry. . . Harris' first novel is an aching chronicle of loss, cruelty, and love in the wake of community devastation - Booklist, starred review

As beautiful as it is violent, this moving novel explores how love can bloom even in the most harrowing of circumstances - Buzzfeed

To open Nathan Harris's first novel is to enter a trance. I can't think of any other book out there quite like it. The richness of his language and the exquisite details of the lives he creates produce a kind of waking dream, equally lyrical and threatening -- Luis Alberto Urrea

[An] ambitious debut . . . Harris writes in intelligent, down-to-earth prose and shows a keen understanding of his characters . . . Credible and deeply moving - Publishers Weekly, starred review

An impressive debut by a storyteller with bountiful insight and assurance - Kirkus

[The book's] grave beauty is evident immediately - Library Journal

This stunning debut novel probes the limits of freedom in a society where ingrained prejudice and inequality remain the law of the land - Oprah Daily

Among July's most impressive debut novels - The i

Harris's tender debut novel captures the yearning for human connection and the risks of departing from social norms - New York Times

A work of great depth and beauty. - Culturefly

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