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We Are Water: A Novel | [Wally Lamb]

We Are Water: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kathleen Cooke Kirkland, WA United States 02-12-14
    Kathleen Cooke Kirkland, WA United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "So delicious. Already starting to grieve it ending"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For my bookish friends.......I'm in the last chapters of We Are Water, the new novel by Wally Lamb "(She's Come Undone", "This Much I Know is True", "The Hour I First Believed)". I'm actually listening to it read to me on Audible. I so love this book. Current social topics, complicated family dynamics, great writing. He is high on my list of novelists - up there with Wallace Stegner and John Irving. I Highly recommend.


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    Kathleen San Diego, CA, United States 02-11-14
    Kathleen San Diego, CA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall, pretty good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Water to be better than the print version?

    I have more time to listen than I do to sit down, without interruption and read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that eventually everything is clarified and how decisions effected everyone.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Annie's voice was believably captured as a confused and clueless yet confident in her art.


    If you could take any character from We Are Water out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Viveca, who is so comforting, forgiving and understanding. I'd marry her too.


    Any additional comments?

    A little longer than it had to be. Some backgrounds weren't necessary and didn't advance the story. Some were very hard to listen to.

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    BookMom La Jolla, CA USA 02-04-14
    BookMom La Jolla, CA USA 02-04-14 Member Since 2011

    mom of teens

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    "Will not disappoint Wally Lamb fans!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love a book that I cannot guess the ending and Wally Lamb always sneaks in a strong finish for his books. Disturbing characters that will creep you out for days... Not my favorite of his books, but a book worth jumping into.

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    KATHLEEN pawtucket, RI, United States 02-01-14
    KATHLEEN pawtucket, RI, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top ten


    What other book might you compare We Are Water to and why?

    She's come undone. Would love to listen to I know this much is true if only Audible had the unabridged version.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just to many to choose.


    If you could rename We Are Water, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change it the name is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Wally Lamb is just a great writer. It amazes me how he can take 5 or 6 really different stories and tie them all together at the end. The book was a great read that I didn't want to see end. The characters were so real some very likable and some you hated yet I enjoyed reading about all of them. A fabulous book.

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    Amy 01-24-14
    Amy 01-24-14

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    "A great Wally Lamb book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is as if the readers are talking to you -- telling you their story. It is easy to get lost in their stories and be glad that it is not my story!!


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Wally Lamb book. I had a bit of a hard time getting started with the book, but once I did, I couldn't wait to listen to more!

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    W. Leander MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 01-24-14
    W. Leander MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 01-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "One too many . . ."

    There seems to be moment, at least for me, in the last few books by Wally Lamb where I am going along, enjoying the melodrama for all it's worth, the bad decisions, the broken relationships, and then Wally asks me to jump one hurdle too high.

    Annnnnd the spell is broken. I just don't buy it. It is one misfortune too many. This happened for me in the second half of the book with one of the children. I will not get into spoilers but it was at this point where I went, "Nope. This is too much."

    Lamb plunges into familiar themes: failed marriages, abusive parents, child molestation, abandoned husbands, repressed wives and random violence. And often times these many stories come off as believable and moving. But just as often I, as the reader, felt manipulated. There was just a little too much handwringing for me.

    Each character in We are Water has his or her own sad tale, some sadder than others, but all pandering for your understanding. There is Annie Oh, artist provocateur, who is seeking a new life in the big city with her new love; her ex-husband, who was still trying to come to terms will with his divorce from Annie; there are the children, each struggling to find a foothold on their lives and each struggling to come to terms with their mother's new life.

    Is this book badly written? No, of course not. I am glad I read it and will read his next with much anticipation. It is just that this book was heavy-handed, like Lamb doesn't trust the emotions to come through without overt earnestness. In this way the book is different from say a book like Heft where much is in what is not said. This, of course, has been a criticism with most of his work. I just think he was able to pull it off better with his earlier books.

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    Deb Columbus, OH, United States 01-23-14
    Deb Columbus, OH, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2001

    Personal trainer since 1988. Love a good mystery!

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    "Love everything Wally Lamb writes!"

    Wonderful story. Great subject. Well worth the credit. Helps break ignorance and stereotypes! Love it!

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    Angela New York, NY, United States 01-21-14
    Angela New York, NY, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful as expected"
    Would you listen to We Are Water again? Why?

    This was a very well performed book. Each character had their own voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wally Lamb's characters are always so well formed. They all had parts I loved and parts I hated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but physically impossible due to the length.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read his three prior books and listening to this one was amazing.

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    Joanna Asheville, NC, United States 01-20-14
    Joanna Asheville, NC, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "it wasn't She's Come Undone, but still Fab"
    What made the experience of listening to We Are Water the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Wally Lamb is an incredible narrator. I love the way he speaks. Calming and kind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Orion the best. He was thoughtful. He was kind. He admitted his failures and took responsibility for his life.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Wally Lamb fan, this is a must read. The story is a little sad, but interesting and full of thought provoking situations.

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    Natalie Webb 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "ENGROSSING"
    If you could sum up We Are Water in three words, what would they be?

    Never read better


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite, maybe Andrew


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Dr O


    If you could rename We Are Water, what would you call it?

    It is as it is


    Any additional comments?

    I was very impressed with " I know this much is true" but seriously, I became anti-social with this one. I just wanted to listen to my book. The Narration was outstanding, best ive heard in over 100 listens. Well done Wally Lamb, im now addicted to you!

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