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The Sweetness of Water
The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
What price do we pay for freedom? For readers of WASHINGTON BLACK, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and DAYS WITHOUT END. In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers Landry and Prentiss find themselves cast into the world without a penny to their names. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgia 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. When the brothers begin to live and work on George's farm, the tentative bonds of trust and union begin to blossom between the strangers. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before the inhabitants of the nearby town of Old Ox react with fury at the alliances being formed only a few miles away. Conjuring a world fraught by tragedy and violence yet threaded through with hope, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER is a debut novel unique in its power to move and enthral.
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JackieGreco
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I loved this novel about a small town in the post civil war south. The characters were intriguing and different and it was a generally positive story of good triumphing evil. This definitely was a fictional feel good color blind story but I did enjoy the read. 4/5

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Pinta
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Well-drawn, memorable characters. Georgia in aftermath of Civil War. LOVE the 3rd-person omniscient narrator with ATTITUDE. Like Tolstoy, compassion but w/ humor & some snark. Lyrical, straightforward prose. Keen detail. Beautiful depictions of natural world. Grief, courage, emancipation, familial love, violence, integrity. Young author w/ voice like an old master, amazing sentence-level craft. Authoritative, intimate. Confident & knowing. 2001

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Graywacke
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#12Booksof2021
#September

This was a better month than August because I finally finished three really long books and felt free to move on. (I eventually finished seven books this month.) It was a month of good, not great books. But it included this new charming oddball novel, which I really enjoyed on audio.

Andrew65 Looks great. 3w
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Kelican17
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I tried. 🤷🏻‍♀️. I need more to happen, and happen faster. The narrator was also difficult for me to follow, i kept zoning out when I would try to listen

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Oryx
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Why I always carry my Kindle. Queuing down the street for my booster. Maybe I can finish in time for book club tomorrow!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 1mo
Chrissyreadit To be honest, I‘m glad so many people want it there‘s a line. 🙌🎉🙌 1mo
TrishB Always a good reason to carry it 👍🏻 1mo
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TrishB Hope you‘re not waiting too long. 1mo
BittersweetBooks I always carry a book for this exact reason, couldn‘t think of a better way to pass the time 1mo
Oryx @TrishB 2 hours 1mo
TrishB 👍🏻 it‘s done now. Hope you‘re feeling ok. 1mo
Oryx @TrishB really glad to have it done. Feeling ok after it so far. 1mo
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Oryx
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Found myself a sunny spot for some afternoon reading.

Johanna414 Oh that looks perfect! I love your quilt! 1mo
Soubhiville I love your quilt too! 1mo
JamieArc Great quilt! I had a friend make me a quilt that looks like stacks of books. 1mo
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Oryx @JamieArc @Soubhiville @Johanna414 Thanks! My sister made it - I love it. 1mo
squirrelbrain Looks blissful - enjoy! 😘 1mo
ozma.of.oz I have the same bookmark! ❤️ (edited) 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace The quilt is 90s aesthetic! 1mo
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scripturient
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Getting started on our December Gladstonerds read. 😊

Caroline2 Ohhh 😯 exciting! I hoping to get started next week. I have 3 books on the go at the mo so I‘ll finish them off first. 👍 2mo
TrishB Look forward to seeing what you think! 2mo
jenniferw88 Started Friday night but already thinking about bailing - read chapter 1 friday & chapter 2 saturday but when i started chapter 2 i couldn't remember @ first what had happened in chapter 1, even though i read on consecutive days! 2mo
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Leniverse Oops, I needed that reminder! 😅 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I look forward to seeing what you all think too! 2mo
Caroline2 @jenniferw88 oh dear 😬 that doesn‘t bode well….. 2mo
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rockpools
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Thank you #Gladstonerds! Picked up this months book at work this afternoon, and came home to your very lovely postcard, with everyone‘s messages. I am SO sorry I didn‘t get there!

@squirrelbrain @TrishB @CGainor3 @jenniferw88 @julesG @Leniverse @scripturient @Oryx

squirrelbrain We missed you! I hope you like the book… I did! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely card ❤️. I really enjoyed this book too 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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Oh, this one is good. The incredibly rich characters, the increasing complexity of the story, and the gifted storytelling make this Reconstruction-era tale super engaging. I wasn‘t expecting the white characters to be so central, and while I‘m sure the redemption story wasn‘t so true-to-history, it‘s pleasant to think there may have been good souls like the Walkers.

Great audio narration took this strong debut up a notch for me, too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain Also, if I had read this a bit sooner or could have had more than 20 books on my #NewYearWhoDis list, this one would have been on it. 😉 @monalyisha @Amandajoy 2mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to get to this one! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I loved this one too ❤️ 2mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
Some good reviews for 99p 😁

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one ❤️ 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts that‘s good to know 👍🏻 2mo
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Suet624
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The story takes place immediately following the Civil War. The author covers a lot of territory and for the most part I feel he does a good job outlining how people reacted to their new way of life. Critics seem to think the idea that there were white people who would work alongside former slaves was far-fetched, but I prefer to imagine it happened. I felt very connected with the characters and liked the story a lot.

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Suet624
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Much like The Five Wounds that I read recently, I find myself thinking of the characters in this story when I‘m at work. I worry about them and wonder how they‘re doing. I was thinking about how this book, like The Five Wounds, reminded me of Luis Alberto Urrea‘s storytelling. Then wouldn‘t you know it! Just like he did for The Five Wounds, Urrea has written a recommendation for the back of this book.

DivineDiana Remarkable! 3mo
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staci.reads
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My daughters and I hit the bookstore after watching my son's rugby game! Only two are mine 📚. I love that my kids are readers 🥰 📖

TheLudicReader They Both Die at the End is sooo good. 4mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Sweetness of Water: 3.75 stars

I‘m always a touch wary of the emotional toll that is sometimes exacted when a story deals with slavery. This one had some unexpected champions battling the predictable foes. A constant theme in this book was understanding what defines bravery. Should it be determined by whether you stand your ground or concede defeat? There is often strength in both.

Nute Nice review! 3mo
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Strange is the wrong word, but I thought it had some oddities. The 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 kind of endearing. I enjoyed this.

My second from the Booker list, a novel on the immediate aftermath of Civil War, beginning days after surrender in Georgia.

Tamra On my TBR shelf thankfully! I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed - I‘ll bump it up. 4mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too ❤️ 4mo
Graywacke @Tamra @Cathythoughts I‘m still thinking about this. Has a charm and something distinct about it too. 4mo
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ClairesReads
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There‘s lots to be commended in this debut novel, it‘s emotionally affecting and engaging storytelling. In lots of ways it reminded me of Kristin Hannah‘s Four Winds in that so much happens. At times I felt that Harris wasn‘t able to do justice to all the elements of plot and characterisation because there are so many. In the end, I felt it was probably more Oprah than Booker fare- but it was a good read regardless.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I agree it was a good read 4mo
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts thank you 🙏🏻 4mo
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shortsarahrose
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Spent the afternoon doing some of my favorite things: having coffee and a sandwich outside while reading and doing a bit of shopping at some local small business - including getting a couple #bookerlonglist titles
#bookhaul

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Graywacke
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My next audio/Booker longlist book. Not a fan of the title. It has an unusual start and I‘m enjoying it so far. But, as with several other longish contemporary novels I‘ve read recently, it lacks some kind of strong hook upfront to draw me in. So, again, just good enough so far to keep me involved.

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Brimful
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An extraordinary debut novel with lots to recommend. A novel about hope and courage in a variety of forms. But for me the reach was just too broad which meant the novel was unfocused. That‘s not to say I say did don‘t learn a lot. I had never really thought about transitioning to freedom in a racist society and the problems that would bring. But I would have liked more on that topic.

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squirrelbrain
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I‘ve had a ‘finishing off lots of books‘ kinda morning, so get ready for a few reviews….

I loved this #bookerlonglist nominee, particularly the audio narration. I think there is a slight issue of rose-tinted glasses in how George and his family would have behaved but it‘s a great story, captivating, life-affirming and sad all at the same time.

Will be on my Booker shortlist for sure.

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes , I never even thought of the the rose tinted glasses.. good point .. I just loved it … I think a definite for the short list too 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Fab review! 5mo
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Cathythoughts
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The Sweetness Of Water .. All the stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There are some lovely books on the long list .. this is my favorite so far. The characters feel so real & there is a richness to all of it. I won‘t be able to think upon these characters without welling up for some time .. George ❤️ what a character. All of them ❤️ written with huge heart

squirrelbrain Glad to hear you loved it - I‘m probably about 20% through on audio…. Lovely photo too! (edited) 5mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻❤️ we were glamping at the weekend & this is a picture of the area … the ripples are from my husband jumping in from a pier out of the photo shot … 5mo
Tamra I had this in my hands yesterday! I‘m so glad to read your excellent rating - I‘ll bump it up on the TBR. 😊 5mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra look forward to your thoughts thoughts too … I loved it 5mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 5mo
sarahbarnes I‘m still trying to get ahold of a copy of this one! Great review - glad you loved it. ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes I‘ll look forward to your thoughts ❤️ 5mo
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charl08
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Now he faced reality. That it was him. Alone. The thought was a bolt of fear, but he knew that he would come to know this new life as he'd learned to know all those that had come before - for every step in life had been an obstacle, yet here he was, still standing day after day, ready for whatever might happen next. The shred of hope felt like salvation, and it drew him toward a deep slumber.

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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2021 book 11

Wow for a debut novel this really packs a punch.

Parts of this are too violent and tragic to make it an enjoyable read but I did appreciate it.

Landry and Prentiss will stay with me and we could all learn a thing or 2 from George and Isabelle.

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charl08
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The notion of true emancipation had always seemed so fantastical that, were it to occur, Prentiss had expected the heralds of a bugle, rows of men in lockstep who would descend upon Majesty's Palace like angels brought down to serve the aims of God himself. In the actual event it was nothing but a few young men in blue uniforms as scraggy as the clothes that Prentiss and Landry had on themselves.

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perfectlywinged
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The writing is absolutely beautiful

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Brimful
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The next book in my alphabetical read of the Booker long list. 100 pages in and it‘s a strong read with powerful characters. It shares with The Promise a concern that a shift to a more just social order does not in itself eradicate longstanding racial injustices.

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Brimful
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How else to explain a world of cruelty that had also carried in it the great jot#y of watching his mother at the mercy of little James‘s fiddle on a Sunday afternoon, the miracle of a fresh tick mattress, the sweetness of water after a day spent picking in the fields.

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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve been listening to this one on my morning walks .. 🎧🎧halfway there now … it‘s powerful & heartbreaking & a riveting story, I‘m sorry I‘m not reading the book now , but it‘s well narrated ❤️

Tamra I have this on my shelf - yay! 😁 5mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh good ! Look forward to comparing notes some time. The characters are 💫 5mo
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Every time I read a book that deals with slavery I go into it with some dread, knowing there‘s going to be horrible injustice and cruelty. This book has that, but it balances out with the portrayal of a truly unique and vulnerable set of characters in the Walker family, white landowners in Georgia , and brothers Prentiss and Landry, the newly freed slaves the Walkers hire to help with their field. An original take on Civil War fiction.

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Tamra
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A quick run into Half Price today yielded this novel. 😃

Kristin_Reads Nice!! 6mo
Ruthiella On the Booker longlist! Nice find. 6mo
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LatrelWhite
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🇺🇸 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.

LatrelWhite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
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thewallflower0707
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#TheSweetnessofWater is a must-read for 2021. The writing is tender, beautiful and striking. I fell in love with Prentiss, George, Isabelle & Landy quickly, and the pages just flew by. I especially adored Isabelle‘s character development. The ending is wonderful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5

#historicalfiction #americanhistory

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GerardtheBookworm
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In the same vein of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Colson Whitehead comes another historical novel of the African American experience. Post-Civil War, two freedmen find refuge on a farmer's homestead and agree to be gainfully employed by the owner. When one of the brothers discovers an illicit affair concerning two Confederate soldiers which results in tragedy. The other is framed for the crime leading to reality of racism and prejudice.

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