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We Are Water


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ISBN13: 9780061941023
ISBN10: 0061941026
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In middle age, Annie Oh — wife, mother, and outsider artist — has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

Annie and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But the impending wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora's box of toxic secrets — dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

We Are Water is an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs — nonconformist Annie; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest Oh. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

With humor and breathtaking compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience in vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss. We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb — a compulsively readable, generous, and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.


“We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.' That's evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She's Come Undone….Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.” Library Journal, starred review


“Through alternating perspectives this addicting novel reveals how secrets can define a person and wreak havoc on her loved ones.” Real Simple

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed, as well as the novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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Melinda Ott, October 24, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
4.0 Stars

Sometimes, when you read a book, you realize that you are not just reading a story--you are reading Literature. That was my experience with We Are Water. I almost feel as if I would have to read this, at the very least, one more time to really "get" it. In this book, Wally Lamb is a master when it comes to bringing real-to-life characters together and tearing them down to their bones. As a fan of character-driven novels, this was right up my alley.

To be honest, there were things about this book I really didn't like--and that is in no way a criticism. This is not a book where everything works out just perfectly and all the characters live happily ever after. There were parts of this novel that were just painful to read--whether because of subject matter (pedophilia and physical abuse) or just because of the raw emotion Lamb brings out. However, readers are not supposed to like it--they are supposed to experience it.

I finished reading this book only a short while before beginning to write this review and I'm still processing it all. There were a few areas where I felt the book fell a little flat. I never really understood why Annie was with Viveca and I wish Lamb had brought us more into the heads of Ariane and Marissa. But, overall, this was a book that drew me in as few books do.
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kas, October 23, 2013 (view all comments by kas)
I had never read Wally Lamb's work before I received We Are Water in a Goodreads Giveaway. Talk about a prize! I just finished the book, and I recommend it with great enthusiasm to readers generally with one caveat. Namely, I would warn readers to maintain an emotional release valve when engaging with as intense a novel as this one. This book is a pretty massive tome, even at 576 pages, and sometimes it feels longer. The reader is completely immersed in the characters' respective psyches -- characters at crossroads and under significant stress, who even count sexual abuse victims and perpetrators among their number. There may be places some readers don't want to go; in any case, it can be draining. Unintentionally, I ended up reading a really un-psychological, action-oriented novel alongside this one. I was grateful for something that bore less scrutiny and so had less pull on my emotions and intellect...perhaps some guilty pleasure television would serve many readers well?

I am very grateful to have read this book, and I look forward to reading more of Lamb's writing.
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Holly W in Eugene, April 14, 2013 (view all comments by Holly W in Eugene)
The first time I heard of Wally Lamb, I was at the LA Airport, and happened to pick up She's Come Undone...I was intrigued by the cover, and bought it. I read it on the 2-hour flight to Eugene, on the taxi ride home, and didn't stop until I fell asleep. I woke up the next morning, made a cup of coffee, and continued reading until I was finished with the book. His descriptions evoke memories and emotions that are so powerful! I am an avid reader, and feel Wally Lamb is one of the greatest writers in my time. I was fortunate to attend Wally Lamb's Reading at Powell's in Portland, and bought copies for him that he autographed. I can't wait to read his latest book.
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Lamb, Wally
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"Review" by , “We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.' That's evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She's Come Undone….Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.”
"Review" by , “Through alternating perspectives this addicting novel reveals how secrets can define a person and wreak havoc on her loved ones.”
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