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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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    Deb Columbus, OH, United States 01-23-14
    Deb Columbus, OH, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Asheville, NC, United States 01-20-14
    Joanna Asheville, NC, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    LT Tacoma, WA 01-18-14
    LT Tacoma, WA 01-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A story that keeps you engaged and amazed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook was very well narrated and portrayed all the different characters and viewpoints. The book itself was so deep and complex, yet believable. Sometimes disturbing, sometimes heartwarming, it kept me listening intensely for the entire performance.


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    Bridget Arizona, USA 01-15-14
    Bridget Arizona, USA 01-15-14 Member Since 2013

    loves books!

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    "Interesting, but wouldn't necessarily recommend"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would tell a friend that this book is really, really long with too many details. Also, some of the chapters are very graphic. Too graphic for me. I actually skipped Kent's chapters and don't feel like I missed anything.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wally Lamb? Why or why not?

    I've read other Wally Lamb books, and this was my least favorite.


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

    I actually liked Annie's narration. I thought all the narrators were very good and easy to listen to.


    Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

    Sort of. I really started speeding up the narration rate by half way through the story. It's too detailed.


    Any additional comments?

    This book includes pedophilia and rape. It's very graphic. Interesting to listen to Wally Lamb's description on writing those parts.

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    colleen Carthage, NY, United States 01-05-14
    colleen Carthage, NY, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Now I'm a Wally Lamb fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters are like real people and the story is pretty exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Water?

    I don't want to put in any spoilers, so I can't say. There are plenty of intriguing surprises.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very good.


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

    Three Rivers.


    Any additional comments?

    The character narrated by Wally Lamb himself is a little bit unimpeachable. His vulnerabilities should emerge sooner in the narrative--that's my only critique. I love all the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 01-04-14
    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wally's Waterloo!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I read reviews on Amazon to support the opinion I had about the triteness of this novel and not surprisingly found reviewers who liked it. So they enjoyed it far more than I.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Twelve Years a Slave


    How could the performance have been better?

    Wally Lamb should not read his or anyone's audio books. His voice was too weak and he isn't an actor.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was listening to it rather than reading it; so I could come to the end in relatively short time and exercise while I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Wally Lamb's first 3 novels, especially "I Know This Much is True". So this book was a big disappointment!!! The only thing I liked about it was the prologue read by my favorite narrator of all times, George Guidall! In my long reading history, there have been only 3 books that I could not finish. This came close. The characters were completely irrational. The dialogue whether out loud or in their heads was sappy, trite, and sappier and triter than have ever read. I virtually gagged on much of it.

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    Catherine Whitmore Front Royal, va United States 01-04-14
    Catherine Whitmore Front Royal, va United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very mixed feelings"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was too graphic for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it. Glad I stuck with the book because the ending was good.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The creepy voice of Kent.


    Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

    I almost stopped listening several times because it was too graphic


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    Diane Colson Nashville 37205 12-31-13
    Diane Colson Nashville 37205 12-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't continue"
    What disappointed you about We Are Water?

    I remember feeling enthralled by Lamb's perceptivity in his earlier books. This one, however, features characters who strike me as trite, shallow. And despite the awesome line-up of narrators, I found myself dreading the tedium of listening further.


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