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
Some things we don't like to think about make the most intriguing stories... Yet another great book by Wally Lamb!
The story was really sad at times. .. felt like I should have called my own therapist! I found Annie's character voice to be a bit overdone and sometimes annoying. The story is poignant to life's emotional being and health as Wally Lamb's stories usually are. Good read, just make sure you are in a happy place before you begin because the are intense moments.
Very disappointed in this story. My favorite book of all time was "i know this much is true" and "she's come undone" was at the top of my list. Kept waiting for this book to get interesting and it just never did. Mediocre story at best.
I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.
maybe have 1 character that was not extremely abusd or broken
nothing, they did the best they could with wht they were given
depression, who wants to read about child abusers and abused children?
I wish the description of this book had been more acurate I would not have ever wasted my time.
Yes. I've read "I Know This Much is True" and "She's Come Undone" and they remain among the list of my all-time favorites.
The story was anticlimactic and just sort-of ended.
Wally Lamb's narration was bland and monotonous.
I love Wally Lamb's writing - it's dark and deep. He explores areas of the human condition that we would rather not talk about or think about - from mental illness to incest. Every family has it's problems - and Wally Lamb does an excellent job at bringing you into the inner circle of these families. I likes the narration also - usually I do not like too many narrators in one story - but all of these people bring to the book a different quality - I have also found that authors are not the best narrators - but Mr. Lamb has proven me wrong - I like his voice.
Wally Lamb's brilliant writing (as always)
It would have been Annie if the narrator didn't ruin her. She was certainly the most complex and interesting. Audiobook-wise, Orion was the most lovable, probably because he was read by Wally himself.
Someone far, far, far, far, far, far, FAR less dramatic to read Annie. I had to psych myself up to get through the parts she was reading. The voice didn't match her character at all. It would have been an okay voice for Viveca, maybe. Similarly, Kent is shady enough ... there was no need to read him in a shady voice. Lamb's characters carry themselves; they need no help whatsoever. Truthfully though, I don't think any book needs that much overacting.
I like Wally Lamb's earlier works, especially "She's Come Undone". I would give him another try.
I think that there was too much day to day detail. I would have preferred to have gotten more into the characters' heads. That being said, Wally Lamb did an amazing job of relaying the viewpoint of the pedophile.
I didn't particularly care for the narrator who read the part of Annie.
His portrayal of the pedophile was amazing but disturbing.
I really enjoyed this book ... Love Wally Lambs books , and this kept me company on some long car journeys !
Brilliantly written and well read .. Good to have the different voices for various characters .. Would highly recommend this book
"Complex family saga"
I really enjoyed this book - the first I had come across by Wally Lamb. There are many characters, delivered by different narrators, who tell the developing story from differing angles. All the narrators are excellent, though some of the characters are unpleasant.
"My favourite book of last year"
This book was just so incredible I'm so glad I've come across this author. The reviews are excellent and there really isn't anyhinh stopping you from downloading. I love any book on family dynamics and I like books read from individual view points, this combines both.
The story from the paedophile's view point was highly uncomfortable but this is a reality in this world and just shows the skill of the author (who also narrates one of the characters).
I can't recommend this book enough and the second book of wally lamb's is now in my wish list.
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