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We Are Water

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review fr

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from TLC Book Tours, which was fabulous because, I mean, I was able to get a WALLY LAMB book!!!  Score! 

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is an emotional book about what it means to be a family.  It is also a book...
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from TLC Book Tours, which was fabulous because, I mean, I was able to get a WALLY LAMB book!!!  Score! 

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is an emotional book about what it means to be a family.  It is also a book of secrets.

Annie Oh is a famous artist who left her husband, Orion Oh, after over 20 years of marriage in order to marry her lover Vivica.  Annie has some anger that fuels her art, coming from deep seeded secrets that no one knows.

Orion also has some anger.  He’s angry that Annie left him, angry that she is going to remarry in their hometown. . . Then there’s Ariane, the goody goody daughter, and her twin brother Andrew who is born again, and their younger sister Marissa who is the struggling actress.  All three siblings have their own secrets and life struggles to work out.

Annie’s approaching wedding brings the family together, and forces them to be honest with their secrets.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is a more subtle read.  I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to fans of his novels.  However, I do have to say that She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True were less subtle and really grabbed me.

I had a few issues with pieces of Lamb’s writing.  Sometimes it was fabulous, but I wasn’t a fan of some of the stream of consciousness paragraphs, as well as there being parts of the book with way too much dialogue.

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

posted by RebeccaScaglione on October 24, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Not his best work (cont)

I have read all of this author's works, this one fell far to short of my expectations. In fact, i have read them all at least twice. Each of this author's prior works have left me with en epiphany unique to each story, with the exception of "A Wishing and a Hoping"' whi...
I have read all of this author's works, this one fell far to short of my expectations. In fact, i have read them all at least twice. Each of this author's prior works have left me with en epiphany unique to each story, with the exception of "A Wishing and a Hoping"' which was just fun all the way around.
Wally Lamb has previously written books that address a wide array of evocative, important issues such as mental illness, abuse, racism, and other issues that, if you had lived during his time references, one could relate and place within one's own life experiences, and he wrote it tight, and he wrote it well; well enough for me to not pick up another book right away but for me to think on and ponder over for time.
He took care with his words.
I miss this in his new book, and i feel that he sold short in this book. Basically, his characters are difficult to follow in this book. Almost all of them have the same voice. I had read that this author took great pride in writing from a woman's perspective in "She's Come Undone". He missed the mark here.
Characters that would have fleshed out well was the KKK man's wife. That chapter was excellent. I could picture that woman spying in a movie theatre, she was authentic. He should have followed that wpman's daughter's story more. She knew the murdered Joe J. It is never followed thru except when she reappears at the end of the story. What a missed opportunity for a story line.
Instead, the book becomes weighted down with excessive and pointless conversations.
How he handles the sexual abuse of a child, how he directs her life thru her sexual experimenting and eventual marriage to a psychologist, has three children, abuses her own child while creating angry art. Then she becomes attracted to the owner of the gallery and marries her.
It is difficult tp like this woman who destroys the life of her family. I empathize with children who are abused and sexually molested. However, she is the first person to abuse her own son. She is redeemed by being at her exhusband's side during something the reader sees coming a mile away but as at other times in this book, the author withholds so much of the parts in the story it feels as though his timing is off.
As noted earlier, it feels as though his heart wasn't in this one.
As if he was so busy being politically correct that he truly sacrifices the story line.
I truly hope his next book is better.
It was interesting, but not enough to make me want to pick it up again..........Caren1977

posted by 9802579 on October 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Lina

    Great book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Left much to be desired

    Left much to be desired. Way to long, so so plot. would not recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Wally Lamb is amazing again

    Every single one of Wally Lamb's books have moved me and kept me wishing for clarity and relief for his protagonist. I love how in We are Water you feel that for several charecters as there isn't onlyone protagonist. I truly felt connected to very charecter, and yet again, I analyze my own life and pray for others on their difficuly journies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    A dark book worth reading...

    This book isn't for anyone who wants a book that is light and airy. It deals with heavy themes that, to say the least, are very disturbing. Wally Lamb is an accomplished writer and We Are Water is a worthwhile read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Excellent!!

    I have read all of Wally Lamb's books & this book certainly does not disappoint.
    It is a story of a family dealing with the realities in today's society & the various
    ways they cope with each of their individual problems. Truly wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    NO WAY IS THIS FOR KIDS

    THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR KIDS! THERE ARE VERY SEXUAL MOMENTS!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Missing something

    The text is great, but I was under the imprression that this "Vook" would be supplemented with photos and videos, hence the name Vook instead of Nook Book. How will I analyze the correctness of my posture without a visual? I am extremely disappointed and feeling a bit silly for being duped.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    I have yet to find a Wally Lamb book that I would not give 5 sta

    I have yet to find a Wally Lamb book that I would not give 5 stars, including his non-fiction at York C.I.

    Another excellent novel by the very talented Wally Lamb. Part of the appeal for me is that I have lived my whole life in the same area he sets his books in and so I can recognize so many things. But it is his stores, the subjects, the taking in of entire lives that makes his work so satisfying. Highly recommended.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Wishes

    I so wish kids would leave this for actual reviews and not use as a way to communicate. There is more off topic junk than reviews.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Trigger warning: CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL

    Trigger warning: CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    May I please join your clan

    Hi, my name is Mistflame I have two kits named Willowkit and Morningkit who are both she-cats and are two moons old. My former mate was a loner who abandoned me. I am a silver tabby she-cat wuth blue eyes. Willlowit is also a silver tabby with blue eyes and Morningkit is white with amber eyes. Please allow me and my kits to join your clan.-Mistflame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Plz let me join and keep my loner name

    Name: Clara
    Pelt color: silver with orange stripes
    Gender: she-cat
    Personailty: calm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Aquastep

    How rude Jar Jar!)She laps up a puddle."Thank you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    To Brokenheart:

    Your match is Featherpool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Mistyfog to jarjar binks

    What are YOU doing here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Em

    Here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Hollyfeather

    Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Shellpaw

    Sorry forgot some stuff

    Gender: female

    Age:6 moons

    Mate: not yet

    Kits: none but would like to adopt or have kits in future

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Jayfeather

    He smiled. (Am I deputy?)

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