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The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (edition 2021)

by Nathan Harris (Author)

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Title:The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Authors:Nathan Harris (Author)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2021), 368 pages

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Nathan Harris does a great job capturing the personalities and time period after the Civil War in the south. This book is rich, interesting and different, and I really, really liked it. ( )
  EllenH | Jan 8, 2022 |
Extraordinary book recommended by Barack Obama. ( )
  bookczuk | Nov 19, 2021 |
Two of the worst stereotypes gay men face is either being a sniveling coward or a demented psychopath. Cheers to Mr. Harris for including them both in the same novel. ( )
  mayonine | Oct 27, 2021 |
The town of Old Ox, Georgia is reckoning with the aftermath of the American Civil War. Landowners are forced to manage without enslaved labor. Formerly enslaved people are cautiously trying to forge a new, independent life. And George Walker and his wife, Isabelle, are reeling from news that their son Caleb was killed in action. When George, who did not own slaves, comes across two brothers in the woods, he offers them shelter and paid work on his farm, a move that angers many townspeople. Prentiss and Landry become surrogates for the boy he’s lost until Caleb reappears, injured but very much alive.

The family begins rebuilding their lives, but they find themselves socially ostracized because of their employment practices. And they are further tested when there’s a murder, and Caleb is completely betrayed by his closest friend. These two incidents set off a cascade of consequences that push the family to their limits.

I enjoyed most of this book, particularly the character development, the exploration of racism during this period in history, and a well-crafted plot. The end fell a bit short of my expectations, as debut author Nathan Harris seemed determined to tie in a few themes that were not fully developed earlier in the novel. But for the most part, this was an interesting story, well told. ( )
  lauralkeet | Oct 19, 2021 |
45. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
reader: William DeMeritt
published: 2021
format: 12:08 audible audiobook (368 pages in hardcover)
acquired: September 10
listened: Sep 10-24
rating: 4
locations: late Civil-War Georgia (the US state, this time)
about the author: born 1992, raised in Oregon, lives in Austin, TX

My second from the 2021 Booker longlist. This is a novel on the immediate aftermath of Civil War, beginning days after surrender. It takes looks at a small town in rural Georgia adjusting to defeat and the presence of controlling union soldiers, and full of recently freed slaves and recently returned soldiers.

Strange is the wrong word, but I thought this book had some oddities. The extensive dialogue is colorful and quietly dynamic, except when it's not. The prose in contrast is straight-forward and plain and clean. The contrast, exaggerated on audio, is endearing, and it seemed to me to become a distinct thing, unique, the likable aspects inseparable from its flaws. Anyway, I enjoyed this.

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