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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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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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    4.5 stars. I had no expectations going into this book, and it wa

    4.5 stars. I had no expectations going into this book, and it was ALL over the place. I did not have a clue
    who the main character(s) were, or where it was going, but I was content to float along for the ride.

    There's a self-taught African-American artist, who has died mysteriously, whose ghost continues to
    make appearances. There's Annie O'Day Oh, an orphan, foster child, victim of childhood molestation
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    My one beef with this was that all the characters told theirs stories in first person Point of View, and they
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    revulsion for the chapters spent in the head of the child molester; it was so brilliantly done that I actually
    felt sorry for the character (if at other times I wanted to vomit).

    Somehow, it all flows together, not in any direction I would have imagined, but in a way that makes
    perfect sense.

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