We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting audiobook about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times best-selling 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.
The complete list of narrators includes Robin Miles and Sandy Rustin.
©2013 Wally Lamb (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I am not taking exception to the ending of the book except it reads like an outline of an ending versus an actual one.
It reads like Lamb got tired of the characters or ran up against some deadline or just found something more interesting to do.
However, the book is worthy. Read it.
Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"
Having an editor would have been a good place to start. I felt like I was hearing the same stories over and over again.
Yes, I'm afraid so; I will be much more careful in selecting popular fiction in the future.
The narrators, particularly the woman performing Annie's role, spoke in an annoying singsong way, ending each sentence as though it was a question. (I could have listened to the narrator of the prologue all day, though.)
It bored me, and then it annoyed me.
Complex and thought provoking
I loved having a number of different actors for each character. I have never listened to an audio book performed in this fashion before and I loved it.
love Wally Lamb and George Guidall but that's it. Maybe someone should have listened to the performance?
worst reader ever
Get a different one
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
Wally Lamb has written his best book since "I Know This Much Is True". The characters are interesting and believable. He makes us care in spite of their frailties. I would like a sequel. The readers have good voices and keep a long book apace.
Wally Lamb creates another unusual set of tortured characters. It is a well written book that draws you into their lives. Wally Lamb takes you deep into the mind of the protagonist. I wasn't sure I wanted to go there. The male voices were wonderful. I would have preferred stronger female voices. They didn't make me connect with the characters.
Say something about yourself!
I was hooked in from the beginning. I laughed, cried, and enjoyed the wild ride. I love the many unexpected twists and turns. I thought The Hour I First Believed was my favorite, but now this! What's next Wally?
As good as the best audiobooks I've listened to, if not better.
Lamb's characters emerge into the story at first as separate pieces of a puzzle. Slowly and subtly, these characters, their backgrounds, and their relationships to others are revealed, creating an intricately enmeshed cast and a compelling story. Very well done.
I would highly recommend this book to friends; the story is told from the heart and Wally has great insight to his topic. He has a special way of getting right into the mind's hidden places.
I have read all of Wally Lamb's books and each one amazes me. I hope that he continues to write for a very long time.
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