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The Sweetness of Water

Nathan Harris

Published: 15th July 2021 An extraordinary novel of friendship among strangers set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. 1865, and the dying days of the American Civil War. Two brothers, Landry and Prentiss, find themselves newly freed by the Union soldiers. But how do you build a life after slavery? When they meet grieving landowner, George Walker, an unlikely bond is forged – one which threatens to tear the neighbourhood apart. Publisher: Hachette ISBN: 9781472274373
LoveMyRead price: £18.99

Our Curators said...

This is a beautifully conceived and thoughtful story about the ties between strangers – and how it’s sometimes easier to connect with people we don’t know than open up to those we do. It’s simply astonishing that this is a debut novel, given that it’s written with such a deft touch and such confidence. The characters are richly developed, complete with all their imperfections and their lives, loves and hopes stay with the reader long after the last page. Sometimes you come across a book which you remember forever – this is most definitely one of them.

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What the Critics are Saying

'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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