We Are Water: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. | August 12, 2014 | Trade Paperback

We Are Water: A Novel is rated 4.05 out of 5 by 20.

With humor and compassion, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb brilliantly captures human experience through vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss.

Annie Oh—wife, mother, and 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. The two plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But this provokes 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.

Told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist Annie; her psychologist ex-husband, Orion; their do-gooder daughter, Ariane, and her rebellious twin, Andrew; and the free-spirited youngest, Marissa—We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb: a compulsively readable and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways we search for love and meaning in our lives.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.95 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061941034

ISBN - 13: 9780061941030

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I have love some of Wally Lamb's precious novels and this one did not disapoint. Will have to pick up another one of his works. Happy reading!
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok I have read several other books by this author. I loved them all- I did not love this one. Too far fetched . I don't think this book was for me.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok I have read several other books by this author. I loved them all- I did not love this one. Too far fetched . I don't think this book was for me.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We are water Although a very good read I did not enjoy it as much as I usually would do a Wally Lamb book. Don't get me wrong, it is wonderfully written but the story lines were just a little bit predictable.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from made me think about my own storty I enjoyed the intricacies if the story but at times felt it went into too much detail. This detracted some from the flow.
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We Are Water Mixed feelings about this one. Didn't enjoy as much as all other Wally Lamb titles, but a journey none-the-less that I felt I learned from as always.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Once again Wally Lamb offers the reader an interesting story that offers insight into our own lives. He writes with grace and compassion for all his characters. I enjoyed this novel almost as much as his others.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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 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 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 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 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

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We Are Water: A Novel

We Are Water: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.95 in

Published: August 12, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061941034

ISBN - 13: 9780061941030

From the Publisher

With humor and compassion, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb brilliantly captures human experience through vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss.

Annie Oh—wife, mother, and 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. The two plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But this provokes 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.

Told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist Annie; her psychologist ex-husband, Orion; their do-gooder daughter, Ariane, and her rebellious twin, Andrew; and the free-spirited youngest, Marissa—We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb: a compulsively readable and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways 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 Oprah's Book Club selections. 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.”