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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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    Myrtha 05-11-14
    Myrtha 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER..."

    Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
    Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
    As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    myrthasg 05-11-14
    myrthasg 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER..."

    Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
    Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
    As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Landisville, PA, United States 05-09-14
    Joan Landisville, PA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unfortunately, I'm giving up on this."
    What would have made We Are Water better?

    Having an editor would have been a good place to start. I felt like I was hearing the same stories over and over again.


    Has We Are Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I'm afraid so; I will be much more careful in selecting popular fiction in the future.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators, particularly the woman performing Annie's role, spoke in an annoying singsong way, ending each sentence as though it was a question. (I could have listened to the narrator of the prologue all day, though.)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It bored me, and then it annoyed me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Speisman 04-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Maggi Reed worst reader ever"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    love Wally Lamb and George Guidall but that's it. Maybe someone should have listened to the performance?


    Would you recommend We Are Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    worst reader ever


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different one


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    nah


    Any additional comments?

    disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-30-14
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.

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    "We Are Pleased"

    Wally Lamb has written his best book since "I Know This Much Is True". The characters are interesting and believable. He makes us care in spite of their frailties. I would like a sequel. The readers have good voices and keep a long book apace.

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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

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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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