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We Are Water: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 21, 2013 | Hardcover

We Are Water: A Novel is rated 3.8571 out of 5 by 7.

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 Wateris 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 Wateris 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 608 pages, 9.31 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: October 21, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061941026

ISBN - 13: 9780061941023

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit slow to start but worth the effort We Are Water by Wally Lamb is the story of Annie Oh and her family. When she was young, she had a tough childhood: her mother and sister died in a flood, she was a victim of abuse in her own home, and she was in foster care for several years. In fact, she kept many secrets from her husband and children, but her art helped her deal with the painful memories. However, after 27 years of marriage, she has left her husband, Orion. Now, she is about to marry Viveca, an art dealer who gave her her break as an artist. As Orion and their 3 grown children try to come to terms with the separation and the upcoming gay wedding, we learn more about her past and about Josephus Jones, the black artist who used to live in the shack in their backyard before the Oh family bought the property. The narrative is mostly told from the point of view of each family member: Annie, Orion, their children and Kent, Annie’s cousin. This allows us to be more intimate with the characters and the story. In fact, when Kent is the narrator, we even feel sorry for him, despite his awful actions. This sentiment attests Wally Lamb’s success and skill at writing with different voices. The book also tackles many important and controversial subjects: race, class and abuse. In addition, the link between creativity and madness is very interesting. However, I thought the story was a little bit slow to start and maybe a tad too long, but I’m glad I kept at it because it was definitively worth it. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book I love Wally Lamb. What an amazing writer. This book did not disappoint. The story was amazing and one that I will not forget anytime soon. Every detail of this book was so well written....the characters were so interesting and I felt like I got to know them....great book! Can't wait until the next Wally Lamb book comes out :) Highly recommend it!!!!!
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful This is a good story of a recently divorced couple. Friendships stay intact and yes life goes on.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait I've been waiting for Wally Lamb to write another novel for such a long time. I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone are two of my fave stories ever. And I am an avid reader. So....We Are Water. It is a beautiful, involved story. Lamb is able to put into words exactly how his characters are thinking, being, feeling. And he is able to weave so many different life stories and personal difficulties into one excellent novel. Lamb is not afraid to include characters in his stories who are ugly and evil. But he also writes about characters who are struggling to be the best they can be....despite themselves. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Wally Lamb's excellent story telling.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great read Bought this for my daughter for Christmas but I started to read and couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I guess the title is supposed to be meaningful. My sister and I were so anxious to read this new book by Wally Lamb and we both felt it was a bore.  I don't want to give anything away but some subject matter was difficult to read, I could do without it.  It was long, boring, predictable and nothing special.   Skipped through the last pages just to get to the unsurprising end.  
Date published: 2013-12-16

– More About This Product –

We Are Water: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 608 pages, 9.31 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: October 21, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061941026

ISBN - 13: 9780061941023

From the Publisher

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 Wateris 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 Wateris 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.

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including theNew York Timesand national bestsellerThe Hour I First BelievedandWishin'' and Hopin'', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction,She''s Come UndoneandI Know This Much Is True, were both number oneNew York Timesbestsellers and selections of Oprah''s Book Club. Lamb editedCouldn''t Keep It to MyselfandI''ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women''s prison in Connecticut where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

Editorial Reviews

".this family saga is hard to put down." (Entertainment Weekly)