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The Sweetness of Water

Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize

Nathan Harris

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Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur (Literature), by Aminata

There are very few novels that have moved me so deeply, The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris is part of this privileged circle! Nathan Harris takes us through to the end of the civil war. America has been torn apart. Two brothers Prentiss and Laundry are freed and decide to leave Old Ox city in Georgia. On their way they meet George, a farmer who has just lost his son during the war. Several topics are covered in this novel such as friendship, family, racism, grief and love. Nathan Harris' writing literally carries me. The story was so well written that sometimes I wondered if the characters really existed, as one of the strengths of this novel is the quasi-surgical development of each character. This first novel is simply sublime!

Landry and Prentiss are two brothers born into slavery, finally freed as the American Civil War draws to its bitter close. Cast into the world without a penny to their names, their only hope is to find work in a society that still views them with nothing but intolerance. Farmer George Walker and his wife Isabelle are reeling from a loss that has shaken them to their core.

After a chance encounter, they agree to employ the brothers on their land, and slowly the tentative bonds of trust begin to blossom between the strangers. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before a tragedy causes the inhabitants of the nearby town to turn their suspicion onto these new friendships, with devastating consequences.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 31 Mar 2022
Dimensions: 129 x 196 x 32 mm
ISBN: 9781472274410

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