- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 23 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EIRAC86
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"We Are Water" reminds of "I Know This Much is True" in that it explores a family's secrets and sucks the reader in to the point where it's exquisitely uncomfortable to process what you're reading. The subject matter is not lightweight in either book, but still comes across as completely believable. The racism, child molestation, homophobia, etc. are difficult issues to read about from the different characters' point of view, but well worth it to bring you to the book's fabulous conclusion.
Some find his books verbose. I do not. There is no author on the planet, female or male, that can write female characters better than Wally Lamb. His character development, overall, is second to none. (Orion, Annie Oh's husband, is a particularly unforgettable character in this book.)
The Wally Lamb books I've read will never leave me.
Annie Oh, first a daughter, then an orphan, then a wife and mother, then an artist, and finally a lesbian lover, has lived a life so full it seems like she has lived more than one lifetime. Through it all, the secrets she keeps from her early childhood affect herself and everyone around her. In the end, she can't continue to hide her past and finally has to confront it.
It's not a terribly complicated story, but the way Wally Lamb tells it is perfect. Details emerge from different points of view until everything is revealed. He focuses on the inner dialogs of the people involved, and in the process we get to know all the characters very well. It's an ambitious way to tell a story, and I don't think very many writers could pull it off as well as he does it. He seems to have a special insight.
In the end, it's not just a book about tragedy and secrets. It's also about forgiveness, redemption, and enduring love. These are not perfect people, but they are very good people. I was glad I got to know them.
I admire the craft behind We Are Water. Wally Lamb has long been a favorite writer of mine and he remains the most astute writer of people and character that I have ever read. In this book he slips effortlessly under the skin of Annie, the lesbian art dealer who is both abused and abuser; her husband Orion, the psychologist who is both professionally astute and personally blind; her older daughter Ariane, the perfectionist with the low self-esteem; her younger daughter Marissa, aspiring actress and practicing alcoholic; and Andrew, my personal most interesting character, the rebellious child turned Army nurse turned born-again fundamentalist. Plus a few other characters with unique relationships to the Ohs, who I won't reveal here, to preserve the surprise. Mr. Lamb practices fictional psychology like a surgeon, with a knife calibrated to the slightest edge; he is precise and brilliant and gets right to the heart of the matter. Also, he has an incredible ability to take on "unsympathetic" characters - molesters and child abusers - and make you glide from understanding them to being horrified by them, all in one smooth narrative flow.Read more ›
I loved Mr. Lamb's previous books but found this one to be poorly written, with lazy, repetitive word choices. For example, over and over characters use the word "that" when describing something (e.g. "that" Chinese restaurant)--to imply that the character to whom they're speaking (and I guess the reader) is familiar with it so no description is necessary. But all those "thats" started really bugging me. Lazy writing--the opposite of being specific.
The lead character, a female artist, makes "angry" artwork that sounds like total garbage and is abusive to her children; her husband/ex-husband is an incompetent shrink; their children unsuccessful; her new partner, an art dealer, seems shallow (I say "seems" because she is barely described even though she's a major part of the plot).
All of the characters seem like bloodless cardboard cutouts and the plot just meanders; more like reading a case file than literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am surprised by the positive reviews. I, like one other reviewer, would like to “unread” this book. I read because I want to exercise my imagination, to see what I am reading. Read morePublished 1 day ago by shoe1
Author Wally Lamb tells a dark disturbing story of abuse and destruction and deconstruction. You're taken on a journey of loss and surprising redemption. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Joseph D. Sharpe Jr.
The description says the story is "disquieting" which is really the best word for it. The story is fast enough, the characters are layered into realistic people and the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Eva
A great story that got better and better as you read it. I'm amazed that Wally Lamb was able to get so inside the mind of the predator and put that into words! Read morePublished 7 days ago by kathy
I was expecting more from this book. I kind of dragged through it because I like Wally Lambd books. It wasn't bad , just ehPublished 9 days ago by Nanquist
Another great read from Wally Lamb - one of my favorite contemporary writers. A complex story told by the voices of different family members -- all of them believable and honest. Read morePublished 15 days ago by HalKid2
Beautiful construction, easy flow, great insight into parent/child relationships.It made me cry, but anything with soul usually does. (Almost as good as "She Came Undone")Published 20 days ago by Geri Newmark