Nathan Harris CANCELED

As things begin to open up again one heartening development has been publishers paying more attention to paperback releases than they have sometimes been known to, for stellar works that weren’t able to get full attention when the hardcover was released. So it is with Nathan Harris and his brilliant debut novel, The Sweetness of Water (new in paper, Little, Brown). Make no mistake, this book did receive attention. It was an Oprah’s Book Club Pick, it won the Ernest J. Gaines Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

“Harris’s debut novel is remarkable; that he’s only 29 is miraculous. His prose is burnished with an antique patina that evokes the mid-19th century. And he explores this liminal moment in our history with extraordinary sensitivity to the range of responses from Black and White Americans contending with a revolutionary ideal of personhood... All of this is drawn with gorgeous fidelity to these cautious characters, struggling to remake the world, or at least this little patch of it... Harris stacks the timbers of this plot deliberately, and the moment a spark alights, the whole structure begins to burn hot... What’s most impressive about Harris’s novel is how he attends to the lives of these peculiar people while capturing the tectonic tensions at play in the American South.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Deeply moving… Harris’s ambitious debut explores the aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation in rural Georgia… Harris peoples the small community with well-developed characters… [He] writes in intelligent, down-to-earth prose and shows a keen understanding of his characters.”—Publishers Weekly

A year it’s taken for Nathan Harris to get here - a wait we sense will be worth it for all concerned, with this masterful first book.

This event has been postponed as of 5/23/2022.



The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316461245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2022

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