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
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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?
As good as the best audiobooks I've listened to, if not better.
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.
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.
"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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