The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club)Nathan Harris

The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / AN OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SUMMER 2021 READING LIST 

Winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Longlisted for the 2022 Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, “a miraculous debut” (Washington Post)​ and “a towering achievement of imagination” (CBS This Morning)about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever—from “a storyteller with bountiful insight and assurance” (Kirkus)

A Washington Post and Oprah Daily Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A July Indie Next Pick

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.

The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club) (Nathan Harris) Book Reviews

Heartache and Upheaval After the Civil WarThis book captures the breakdown of society in the aftermath of the civil war. It is the tale of one family’s struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy and domestic harmony following the war. However, the main character’s decision to integrate two freed slaves into his life eventually leads to destruction and death. The story is told somewhat casually and all the characters seem surprisingly modern. This brings to mind the idea that the events in the book could easily occur today..Score: 5/5

Best Book I’ve Read in a Long TimeWhat an incredible first novel! This is the most memorable story I’ve read in a long time. Characters you care about, and a setting and circumstances that draw you in and hold you until the final page. Thank you, Nathan Harris!.Score: 5/5

AmazingHave you ever wished that books would reveal themselves to you on the shelf? I am beautifully written, full of characters that will befriend you, and a story that you won’t be able to put down, the book would say.... I am only on Ch. 5, but I have not been able to put The Sweetness of Water down. Listen when this one book beckons you—you will not be sorry..Score: 5/5

The Sweetness of WaterAn enchanting and beautifully written journey of the human spirit. This book depicts so eloquently human rage, love, and hope. As I have now finished this tale, I want to wrap myself in its beauty once again..Score: 5/5

The Sweetness of WaterOne of the best books I have read in a long time. So beautifully written. I loved the characters. I did not want it to end..Score: 5/5

Almost, but not a total waste of time.I wanted to like this book, I really did, but unfortunately the zing I expected never materialized. Unfortunately I recommended it to a couple of friends before I got no more than halfway into it, expecting better things to come, but they never arrived. Friends, please forgive me for jumping the gun on this one..Score: 3/5

BoringWhen I read the synopsis of the book I was intrigued. This book had so much potential, but it’s started off so slow. I wanted to like this book;however, every time I sat down to read it I lost interest in 5 minutes. I read 100 pages and it never drew me in. Oprah really needs to fix her book taste cause this isn’t the first time she’s disappointed me.Score: 1/5

MESMERIZING !!!The author did a great job in details to the location and times of the story you felt like you could see or smell the things he described 😊.Score: 4/5

Great read!Wonderful book!.Score: 5/5

Good enoighA great story, but the prose of the text was sometimes hard to follow..Score: 4/5

Sweetness of WaterElequent writing that gently pulls the reader into the deep layers of a story that builds trust in the ability of the soul to extend beyond earthly constraints. Keep writing Nathan!.Score: 5/5

The Sweetness of WaterMusings a lifetime away from my thoughts. The solitary loneliness and the connections… the time and place so separate … and yet… Thank you for a fine read..Score: 3/5

Wonderful storyA wonderful tale told exceptionally well..Score: 5/5

Not a Bad First Effort, But….This was a slow read that took a long time to get somewhere. It’s ok, but honestly it seems contrived, with over wrought writing, and a mostly unbelievable storyline. Worth a read if you suspend belief. But the impression is left that history was ignored to write this. Surprised it’s an Oprah pick..Score: 3/5

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Wonderful.Terrific..Score: 5/5

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Book Name:
The Sweetness Of Water (Oprah's Book Club)
Book Language:
English
Book Category:
Books, Fiction & Literature, Gay, Historical
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Book ID:
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Book Release Date:
2021-06-15
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