Title: Sweetness of Water, The
Authors: Harris, Nathan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 356
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers, Landry and Prentiss, find themselves cast into the world with barely enough to survive. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgian 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. After a shaky start, the men reach an agreement to live and work on the land, bringing a brief period of peace to the farm. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and the inhabitants of the nearest town are furious to hear of the alliance that has formed only a few miles away.

Balancing beauty and horror throughout, Nathan Harris conjures a time of violence and danger with an artist's precision, while asking how we retain our humanity in the face of blind hatred. [Taken from book blurb, Hachette Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"How is it possible for a debut novel to be so beautifully written and so engaging and memorable?"

"A splendid story with many themes that are still relevant."

"The writing is quality with many almost poetic touches."

"An easy engrossing read."

"A close-up look at a town after the Civil War. Very interesting."

"A very heartfelt story with wonderful, original characters."

"I have given this book 10/10 in my reading diary."

"The character portrayal is outstanding."

"Just about everyone I know has been ordered by me to read this book!"

"I loved this book so much I read it twice."

"There is hatred in the book and some will find some parts difficult to read."

Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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