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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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Not what I expected.

I wasn't ready for a story about child molesting nor child abuse. Not my idea of a good or entertaining book.

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Outstanding listen!

I loved this book! I am from the area where it is set and I felt like I was back there again thanks to Lamb's authentic detail. I love his multi dimensional characters and compassion for each of them. And the performance by several different actors works because each chapter is in a different voice. I loved hearing Lamb read his own writing. Great experience- I feel lonely now that I have finished the book!

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Satisfactory at best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it was a mediocre attempt to weave several characters viewpoints.

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

Yes, I've enjoyed other things by him.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was the worst part. Whomever they got to narrate the main female character, Annie had an annoyingly affected way of speaking and she drug her words out in a way I think she was attempting to sound sophisticated? I turned the book off many times to get away from her performance.

Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

not really, no

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great book

Started out slow but I got sucked in! Loved it! It's not my favorite of his novels but I did enjoy it.

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Wonderful

Loved it! The narrators were very believable. I had a hard time turning it off; even as I was trying to sleep some nights, the disturbing issues lingered in my mind.

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Outstanding performance!

This is a 32 hour audiobook and I couldn't put it down... What a fantastic piece, one of the best audiobooks I have listen to.

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excruciatingly good

So well written. oh my geez it was hard to hear/read Kent's view. Sickening. I had to stop And call home to talk to my kids.

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  • Connie
  • DURHAM, NC, United States
  • 04-28-15

Why did I wait so long to read this book?

I just finished reading We Are Water by Wally Lamb, and if you haven't read it, wow, just wow. For me it ranks right up there with A Prayer For Owen Meaney by John Irving. It was complicated and complex and layered and well-written. All that and more. It is also has a big layer of depressing, for those of you who don't want to go there. But uplifting in the end. Wally Lamb is not a new author to me. I'll read whatever he writes because whatever he writes is good. I feel comfortable giving this book 5 stars out of 5 and saying this is one of the best books I've ever read. It's about a family - the wife of the family, Annie, is an insider artist who, after she's been married to Orion for 27 years and having 3 children, falls in love with Viveca (a woman!) and leaves Orion. That's just the beginning.

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  • Lisa
  • ROSWELL, GA, United States
  • 04-10-15

Awesome!

So sad to have it end. Wonderful characters that you really care about. Fantastic performances. More Wally Lamb up next!

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Excellent storyline and character development

This was a fascinating story. It's a little long but the character development that happens is amazing. I was sad when this book was finished and there were many parts throughout the story where I literally laughed/gasped/cringed aloud because it was easy to get involved with these characters lives and emotions. I would highly recommend this book. Wally is a great story teller.