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Book Club Meeting at 7pm via Zoom

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
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. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.

Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The
young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the
woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder,
unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community. In the aftermath of so
much turmoil, it is Isabelle who emerges as an unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.

With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts
beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose
grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.


January 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm