In this video, Oprah announces The Sweetness of Water
by first-time novelist Nathan Harris as her latest Oprah's Book Club selection. The debut novel is the 91st pick in Oprah's Book Club's 25-year history.
The book is set in the fictional town of Old Ox, Ga., at the very end of the Civil War. By then, President Lincoln has issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the enslaved. When the novel opens, brothers Prentiss and Landry are at last leaving the plantation where they've spent their entire lives, and grappling with what will come next.
When asked why she was drawn to The Sweetness of Water
, Oprah said, "As I read this masterful novel I kept thinking—this young 29-year-old is a first-time author, so how did he do this?" She continued, "As the best writers can do, Nathan takes us back in time, and helps us to feel we are right there with Prentiss and Landry as they get their first taste of freedom. I rooted for them, and feared for them too."
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