We Are Water: A Novel

We Are Water: A Novel

Hardcover | May 20, 2015

byWally Lamb

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We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True.

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh—wife, mother, outsider artist—has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the 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 a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist, Anna; 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. 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 compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

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We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True.After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh—wife, mother, outsider artist—has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who...

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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 recent...

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 Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

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I Know This Much Is True: A Novel
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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.31 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:May 20, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061941026

ISBN - 13:9780061941023

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! No one writes about complicated family relationships better than Wally Lamb and this book is no exception! A story about secrets told from the perspective of different family members - I definitely recommend this one!
Date published: 2015-06-10
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Are Water Really good .. would want to read this one again and again ..
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Loved. Loved. Thank you Wally Lamb. Once again you did not disappoint. ;)
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We are water Deep, deep water... Psychological thoughtful book, sort of like his previous I know this much is true.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We are Water - Wally Lamb Good story. Starts out slowly but comes together very well at the end b
Date published: 2014-05-08
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 Best Lamb novel yet I loved the characters, the pace, and the way all of the secrets intertwined.
Date published: 2014-03-23
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 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Wally Lamb has done it again. Another great read! While exploring the dark secrets and scars left behind from sexual abuse at a young age, he brings forth brilliant characterization of family life in the modern world.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Oh my goodness I loved this book. Once I started I couldn't put it down. I admit that the chapters written from Kent's point of view gave me the heebie geebies but the rest of the book was astonishing. I especially loved the end. Andrew and Orion discussing We Are Water and what that truly means. One of the other things about this book that I loved was the way it all tied together. Every story or nuance tied with another is such a way that you don't even notice until the end. I felt really emotional about the characters. The way various traumas of their pasts affected their futures. The snow ball effect of one tragic event leading to another and another. It was heart wrenching reading it. Especially for different points of view. Books like these can be so powerful when written in the first person. Really getting into the mind of the speaker. Reminds me of when Orion spoke of reading fiction and brain function. The path to healing for the characters really affected me as well. I felt that I was taking the journey with them. The mark of a great author. To be pulled so deeply into a story that you are not just reading it but feeling it as well. I would have liked one more chapter from Annie's POV at the end. To see what her emotional state was. How she was dealing with the aftermath of all that had happened. Coping with therapy and what happened to Orion. Her life with Viveca now that they are married. I have never read a Wally Lamb book before and now that I have I am going to read another one. 2 thumbs up, 5 out of 5.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Amazing book by Wally Lamb as always.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another strong recommendation! Hated for it to end!
Date published: 2014-01-21
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 4 out of 5 by from Long but Worthwhile An interesting perspective on childhood trauma, secrets and the lifelong effects on victims and their families. Lamb's writing is one of a kind and a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2013-12-25
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional read Another well written novel by Wally Lamb. Written from the perspective of the each character so you get a really deep understanding of how each person views and experiences the same period of time. I had very strong reactions to many of the characters and found it interesting to hear from their first person voice to understand their motivations...made me realize more about myself from my judgments of the character's choices. An intense story, deep characters and clean writing. I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We are water :-) good read.
Date published: 2013-12-02