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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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    Sandra Granite Bay, CA, United States 03-30-14
    Sandra Granite Bay, CA, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty Good"

    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.

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    rkr4cds 03-24-14
    rkr4cds 03-24-14

    rkr4cds

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Boring-took too long to get into plot. Could not get interested in story; listened for 1 hour and did not get hooked. Poor narrator. Have listened to W Lamb other story but probably will not purchase another.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debi Catamero JOHNSTON, RI, US 03-22-14
    Debi Catamero JOHNSTON, RI, US 03-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wally Does it Again!"

    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?

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    Jamie Halifax, MA, United States 03-20-14
    Jamie Halifax, MA, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wally Lamb doesn't disappoint!"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as the best audiobooks I've listened to, if not better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Orien Oh


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

    Orien Oh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Yuma, Az, United States 03-20-14
    Catherine Yuma, Az, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wally Lamb is one of the best writers of out time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 03-14-14
    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A+++++++++ALL OF WALLY LAMB'S NOVELS ARE AMAZING."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    linda NEW MILFORD, CT, United States 03-13-14
    linda NEW MILFORD, CT, United States 03-13-14
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    "This is a book of whiners."
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    The characters were constantly complaining


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of We Are Water and why?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Can't get through this, just too annoying to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 03-06-14
    Ellen 03-06-14
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    "Hard to listen to a pedophile"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keeley Buckley, WA, United States 02-26-14
    Keeley Buckley, WA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible. Migrain Inducing."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have liked his other books, but this was just plain AWFUL.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wally Lamb again?

    No, I would not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    The only person I didn't want to rip my ears off listening to was whoever proformed Andrew.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Are Water?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly got a migrain from this book. I'm so mad I wasted money on it. B-A-D.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 02-23-14
    Heather 02-23-14
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    "Not a surprise"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Wally Lamb.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    There are too many narrators.


    What character would you cut from We Are Water?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been disappointed by Wally Lamb's books, and I'm finished giving him second chances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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