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 loved this book! I am from the area where it is set and I felt like I was back there again thanks to Lamb's authentic detail. I love his multi dimensional characters and compassion for each of them. And the performance by several different actors works because each chapter is in a different voice. I loved hearing Lamb read his own writing. Great experience- I feel lonely now that I have finished the book!
No, it was a mediocre attempt to weave several characters viewpoints.
Yes, I've enjoyed other things by him.
The narration was the worst part. Whomever they got to narrate the main female character, Annie had an annoyingly affected way of speaking and she drug her words out in a way I think she was attempting to sound sophisticated? I turned the book off many times to get away from her performance.
not really, no
As a fan of Wally Lamb's writing I really enjoyed this novel. While I don't think it's his best book, it's solidly written, paced, and emotive. I thought the audio performances of Annie and Kent both stood out as excellent.
Say something about yourself!
So sad to have it end. Wonderful characters that you really care about. Fantastic performances. More Wally Lamb up next!
This was a fascinating story. It's a little long but the character development that happens is amazing. I was sad when this book was finished and there were many parts throughout the story where I literally laughed/gasped/cringed aloud because it was easy to get involved with these characters lives and emotions. I would highly recommend this book. Wally is a great story teller.
Great narration and a great story line. I loved how every detail tied together. Highly recommended. Great character development and choices
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