The Sweetness of Water (Hardback)
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The Sweetness of Water (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 15/06/2021
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Two newly freed brothers form a tentative friendship with a grieving landowner in Harris’s dynamic and compassionate US Civil War-era debut about the physical and emotional costs of freedom. 

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2022.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

What price do we pay for freedom?

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.

Conjuring a world fraught by tragedy and violence yet threaded through with hope, The Sweetness of Water is a debut novel unique in its power to move and enthral.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472274373
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 36 mm


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'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

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“Freedom, friendship and the future in post-Emancipation America”

The Sweetness of Water is an interesting take on the usual slavery era American novel. By focussing on the post emancipation South as freed slaves try and find their way to independence, Harris provides a moving... More

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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... More

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“A Contemporary Classic”

Wow I just loved this book. Initially it took a time to get going but this was right, the scene needed to bet set and life isn't drama all the time. The second part of the book was so moving. The story is set... More

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