We Are Water

A Novel

Lamb, Wally

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Are Water
Anna Oh, a middle-age wife, mother and artist, divorces her husband after 27 years of marriage to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 0062287168
Characteristics: 564 pages ;,24 cm


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Sep 15, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Yes, I recommend this book - Lamb is an excellent storyteller.

Jul 18, 2014
  • jamilad rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Overall really enjoyed it and couldn‘t put it down, though I did find the end almost too much of a wrap-up...

May 11, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful storytelling.

Apr 30, 2014

Very interesting read. Typical Wally Lamb- at times disturbing- but all around good!

Apr 24, 2014
  • ChristyH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could not put this book down. The story really drew me in and I enjoyed reading the story from the perspectives of each character.

Apr 09, 2014
  • CecileSune rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is the story of Annie Oh and her family. When she was young, she had a tough childhood: her mother and sister died in a flood, she was a victim of abuse in her own home, and she was in foster care for several years. In fact, she kept many secrets from her husband and children, but her art helped her deal with the painful memories. However, after 27 years of marriage, she has left her husband, Orion. Now, she is about to marry Viveca, an art dealer who gave her her break as an artist. As Orion and their 3 grown children try to come to terms with the separation and the upcoming gay wedding, we learn more about her past and about Josephus Jones, the black artist who used to live in the shack in their backyard before the Oh family bought the property.

The narrative is mostly told from the point of view of each family member: Annie, Orion, their children and Kent, Annie’s cousin. This allows us to be more intimate with the characters and the story. In fact, when Kent is the narrator, we even feel sorry for him, despite his awful actions. This sentiment attests Wally Lamb’s success and skill at writing with different voices. The book also tackles many important and controversial subjects: race, class and abuse. In addition, the link between creativity and madness is very interesting. However, I thought the story was a little bit slow to start and maybe a tad too long, but I’m glad I kept at it because it was definitively worth it.

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Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good characters, good story. Interesting treatment of trauma and mental health in families. Parts rang very true

Mar 03, 2014
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Be prepared for the dark parts, as most of Lamb's novels have. It was a good read until the final portion which I found to be trite. It seemed that the author was to interested in getting things all finished. so the final three years are covered in a summative piece. Odd and left me unsatisfied with an otherwise interesting read.

Feb 18, 2014
  • Lanny213 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written. Good story. Lots of tragedy for one family though although by the end of the book, all is well (sort of). Would recommend.

Jan 21, 2014

one of the best books if have read for awhile. i was unable to put it down. definitely a recommend.

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