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 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.
If you have never read Wally Lamb's novels, stop whatever you are doing/reading and get one. ALL OF THEM ARE EXCELLENT. He writes long books that you never want to end. I love his books so much I have read a few of them twice. I finish the book. Usually cry. And start on page 1 for a second read.
This has to go down as the most annoying audible book I have ever listened to. The characters are constantly complaining and whining. Just awful
The characters were constantly complaining
Can't get through this, just too annoying to listen to.
There's so much to like about this book, but it might be better experienced in print. I am finding the intimacy of Kent's voice in my ears repulsive.
I have liked his other books, but this was just plain AWFUL.
No, I would not.
The only person I didn't want to rip my ears off listening to was whoever proformed Andrew.
The whole thing. The words were so stilted I couldn't get into it at all. People do not speak like that. Almost no emotion, perfect English at all times, and don't even get me started at how they had an Africian American from New Jersey speaking like a mammy from 1900. So bad.
I honestly got a migrain from this book. I'm so mad I wasted money on it. B-A-D.
Not Wally Lamb.
There are too many narrators.
I would cut the narrator for Anna. It might have been a passable story (although the Kent chapters could have been left out completely) but the melodramatic narration for the Anna character was stomach-turning.
I have always been disappointed by Wally Lamb's books, and I'm finished giving him second chances.
Tone down the political commentary
In general, the story was interesting.
The narrators really influence how I picture the characters.
I understand political viewpoints are a fact of our lives. However, the constant use of them in this book was a real turn-off. I do not remember Mr. Lamb using them to this extent in his other books, which I loved. Eventually I stopped listening to this book because the political commentaries were just too much and I stopped enjoying the story.
Eh, the plot was interesting, if not a little cliche and predictable. It kept me listening, though, which is about all I can ask for from an audiobook.
I didn't realize that the part of Orion Oh was narrated by Wally Lamb until I finished the book, but it does make sense. Lamb is NOT a professional actor or narrator, and his voice is... just not suited for audiobooks. He makes Orion sound effeminate and tentative. If Lamb was insistent about including himself in the audiobook, he should have read the part of Kent. His voice has a creepy lilt that did not suit the Orion character all. Frankly, it ruined his (substantial) portion of the novel for me.
I absolutely HATED the scenes detailing Annie's first sexual experiences with Albie, her boss's son. Annie's sexual "naivete" is laughably unrealistic. She's supposed to be inexperienced and innocent --- not an Amish teen finally let off the family farm.
No. Absolutely not.
The narration was overwrought and overacted. There wasn't a single character who was likable or sympathetic.
There really wasn't any pace to match. The characters spend half of every segment reflecting and asking themselves rhetorical questions about the same old events, and the other half is spent in meaningless detail and answering questions with "uh huh."
I finished this because I'm one of those readers, but I can't think of a single redeeming quality about the book. Each character was damaged, bitter, self-pitying, and poisonous.
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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