We Are Water: A Novel

We Are Water: A Novel

by Wally Lamb


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061941030
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: P.S.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 308,806
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and
selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for seventeen years.


Willimantic, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1950

Place of Birth:

Norwich, Connecticut


B.A. in Education, University of Connecticut, 1972; M.A. in Education, 1977; M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College, 1984

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We Are Water: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
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
Humbee More than 1 year ago
This is a very difficult review for me to write. I've thought about it for a couple of days now and wondered if I'd get it down right for you. I've been an avid fan of Wally Lamb's for many, many years and had such excitement when I learned he had a new book out. I rushed to get a copy. I'm sad to say this one was a disappointment to me in some major ways, although I did grasp the over all story and could appreciate what Mr. Lamb's intention was in telling it. (See Summary above) This is first of all a long book that became increasingly a drain to read as I found it less engaging. It was mostly a stream of consciousness novel, and I'm not fond of that writing style (I've never been a James Joyce fan) so the 570 some pages became a torture that I seemed never to make headway on. I began to dread picking the book up. Does this tell you something? While I expected it to be a book that was focused more on the story of a lesbian couple, it really wasn't. It's more a story of a wildly dysfunctional and bleeding family told mostly from the perspective of a wildly dysfunctional psychologist father. Which would have been fine if it were interesting... While the book is divided into chapters/segments written from the minds and voices of the different characters, it weighed heavily on the view of the father of the family, it seemed to me. I found I couldn't feel an affinity with any of these characters. For the most part they were a very whiny and self-serving bunch...self-absorbed in their different psychosis's. It became a downer. It wasn't a pleasant read. While we are given the most minute details of the characters and their personal issues, this was couched in a stream of consciousness that was boring. It clogged things up. There seemed no light at the end of the dark tunnel as life's greatest horror stories were revealed. Just too wordy and dense. I was soundly disappointed. Over the course of his career, I've been an avid reader and follower of Wally Lamb. I feel this one falls short of his other writings. It may be a melting pot of his life experiences, and perhaps his informative times with the women prisoners he's encountered. I have no idea. Maybe it was a story just too close for him to write about successfully. In wrapping up, again, I found "We Are Water" a struggle to get through. I finished it because it was a Wally Lamb book and I really wanted to push my way through it hoping it would get better. Was the story worth it ultimately? Not in my opinion. Would it have been better in another format/writing style? Perhaps. I'm sad to say it was disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, just like all Wally Lamb's work. He never disappoints. The trouble is I have to read his books as fast as I can, then there is a terrible let-down when I'm done. I hardly ever read a book twice, but have read most of his again.
BookwenchSB More than 1 year ago
I hesitated to start the book because Ive read all his novels and I knew that once I started to read I would not be able to put it down and then it would end. This story opened my eyes wide to how the actions of others affect our life. All families have secrets and emotional situations that have to be resolved, sometimes hurting others. Now I will have to wait for the next Wally Lamb remarkable story. Loved loved this book!! Read it in two days, even into the wee hours of the morning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Wally Lambs books and loved them all. This book was fantastic. I had a very hard time putting it down. I finished it in two days. Im looking foward to the next one he writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dialogue of a pedophile molesting young girls, 10 years old,is very disturbing! I did not want to get into the mind of a child molester!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry I bought this book.  It could be a wonderful story, but Mr. Lamb's detailed descriptions of child abuse are uncalled for. What his point in doing this is, I am not sure.  Was I supposed to feel sorry for Kent because he could not control himself?  Get real.  Is he suggesting that people are gay because they were abused as children?  Get educated. I will no longer read his books. I am sorry I spent my hard earned money on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left much to be desired. Way to long, so so plot. would not recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the book is told through so many different people, and how it all ties together.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
As usual, Wally Lamb explores the psyches of broken people and the ripple effect. His characters just come alive and you feel like you're sharing their lives. It ended too soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed every minute I spent with this book. I liked the characters, especially Orion. I felt the parts dealing with child abuse were very thoughtful and informative . It was interesting to see how the adult children felt about there mother being a lesbian. Most of all it showed how secrets can affect an individual or a family for years to come. We must learn not to blame ourselves not to let it lessen our self worth and most of all talk to a trusted advisor. I always enjoy Wally Lamb's books and have suggested this as a book for my bookclub not only because we live on the cape but I felt the topics covered were very current CAPE COD FAN
MusicLiteratureMotherhood More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, as I have all of Wally's novels. He has an incredible way of writing from a woman's perspective like no man has done before. After reading "She's Come Undone" when I was 16, I became a huge fan of his writing style and what strikes me most after reading all of his books, is how different and insanely human he is able to make his characters. These people spring to life and stay in your psyche long after you've finished writing. Wally handles taboo subjects incredibly well, making them seem as commonplace as they truly are. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to get deeply involved in a novel, and someone who loves well written literature.
readzalot2 More than 1 year ago
Oh how I loved this book! I am a huge fan of Wally Lamb's writing. I have read I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone three times each! We Are Water is my favorite of all....I loved the characters, the story lines, the surprises, the emotions....there was nothing I didn't love about this story! I gasped, I cried, I laughed, I agonized....and I am truly jealous of readers who pick up this book for the first time and start on that first page. Wally Lamb, thank you for sharing your storytelling talent with those of us who yearn for a novel that we can delve into....no one does it as well as you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as previous novels but I did enjoy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual a sensitive, deep, funny book. I laughed ,out loud, and I cried. The way he writes, the way he phrases his words, bring his characters to life in a way that few authors can.
MWgal More than 1 year ago
Wally Lamb does it again! Another book of intrigue and wisdom,albeit brutally so. Thank you, Mr. Lamb for sharing your deep psychological insight into painfully difficult topics.
SharonfromCO More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Wally Lamb's books and was eager to see this….but it is by far his worst--too long, too mundane, too predictable, too insipid. Without giving away plot, I will say that as a therapist for 40 years, the father was totally unbelievable. The rest of the characters were shallowly developed. I really did not like this book. The sex felt gratuitous and the resolution was way way way too over the top. Sorry--I really wanted to like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Why are some of the reviews "rediculous conversations" with jokers who use this as their own personal forum? Makes me think that B&N review guidelines are a joke! I DID read the book & agree that it's not my favorite of the author's work. Had to skip the child abuse descriptions. I do like the way the author writes & will read any others he does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down and just fell in love with the Oh's. Most of the, most of the time. I truly love Wally Lambs work and not disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a couple of Wally Lamb’s books before. Although you must invest some time to immerse yourself in the story, its well worth it.
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I absolutely love Wally Lamb's writing. I read everything I can get my hands on!