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We Are Water [Hardcover]

Wally Lamb
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Book Description

22 Oct 2013

From New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb, a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy.

As Annie Oh’s wedding day approaches, she finds herself at the mercy of hopes and fears about the momentous change ahead. She has just emerged from a twenty-five year marriage to Orion Oh, which produced three children, but is about to marry a woman named Viveca, a successful art dealer, who specializes in outsider art.

Trying to reach her ex-husband, she keeps assuring everyone that he is fine. Except she has no idea where he is. But when Viveca discovers a famous painting by a mysterious local outside artist, who left this world in more than mysterious circumstances, Orion, Annie and Viveca’s new dynamic becomes fraught. And on the day of the wedding, the secrets and shocking truths that have been discovered will come to light.

Set in Lamb’s mythical town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, this is a riveting, epic novel about marriage and family, old hurts and past secrets, which explores the ways we find meaning in our lives.

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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Torch (22 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061941026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061941023
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wally Lamb's first novel, 'She's Come Undone', won rave reviews when it was published in 1992. It was a finalist in the 'Los Angeles Times' First Novel Award, a Top Ten book for 'People' magazine and a Notable Book for the 'New York Times'. Both 'She's Come Undone' and 'I Know This Much Is True' have been chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Wally Lamb now teaches writing at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three sons.

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‘Audacious…profound and moving…A soaring novel’ MIAMI HERALD

‘What makes it a romance though, and a truly compelling one, is their hope. Lamb shifts constantly from satire to horror to humour, but all his characters yearn for happiness… a highly readable book’ GUARDIAN

‘It’s a sign of a good novel when the reader slowly savors the final chapters, both eager to discover the ending and dreading saying goodbye to the characters. We Are Water is a book worth diving into’ USA TODAY

‘A moving…story that seesaws between hope and despair’ BOSTON GLOBE

‘Wholly sympathetic, deeply moving’ WASHINGTON POST

‘Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended’ LIBRARY JOURNAL

‘…this family saga is hard to put down’ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

‘Through alternating perspectives this addicting novel reveals how secrets can define a person and wreak havoc on her loved ones’ REAL SIMPLE

‘Lamb excels at delivering unexpected blows to his characters, ratcheting up the suspense to the final page’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hour I First Believed, as well as the novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wally Lamb does it again. 15 Nov 2013
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A lady in her early fifties decides that she is gay, leaves her husband of twenty seven years and her three grown-up children to enter into a lesbian relationship and eventual marriage. This is perhaps not the most earth-shattering premise for a contemporary novel, but Wally Lamb is by no means a run of the mill modern novelist. Indeed, in his masterful hands, the events leading up to Annie's wedding and the extensive back story of the characters involved, make this one of the most fascinating and intriguing novels that I have ever read.

When I posted a review of Wally Lamb's previous book (The Hour I First Believed), I referred to it as "Possibly the finest novel I have ever read" and although that sentiment holds true, "We are Water" comes very close. Once again, Lamb tackles some pretty controversial subjects, and once again the characters are deeply flawed, but it is these flaws that give the characters their depth. In fact, it is the character development that gives this book its richness. At the outset we think we know the characters, but as the narrative progresses we learn through back story and current events so much more about them - their secrets, weaknesses and frailties, none more so than Annie herself and (ex) husband Orion. As these characters grow and become more familiar, they take on a depth that brings them closer to life and closer to the reader.

The same is true of the children, who are not given their own voices until well into the narrative, and this gives them the opportunity to give us a deeper insight and understanding into Annie and Orion's relationship. As events are viewed from different perspectives we see how damaging and fracturing secrets and misrepresentations can be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little too long! 11 Dec 2013
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I did like this book but for some reason found it a little tedious towards the end. Probably because it is a BIG read. I love Wally Lamb's books but I don't think this is quite as good as his others. It left me feeling a little empty and a little disappointed. In saying that it is a good book and I did overall enjoy it.
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A difficult read - yes. But a subject that needs to be addressed without hyperbole if we are ever to break the vicious circle of abuse. Wally tackles this subject with his usual fluidity, making it possible to read on, even through quite harrowing passages.

Ever since I've stumbled across his second novel, I've been a keen fan. This novel deepens my respect for Wally's work and makes me impatient for his next. Wally, your humanity speaks (through every one of your) volumes! Thanks for your hard work. Keep it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
One of the best books that O have read
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great book 16 May 2014
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Although some of the subject matter is tough to read, the story is compelling and original as always and I love the links to previous books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wally can do no wrong 14 Mar 2014
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Yet another fantasic novel from Wally Lamb. If you haven't discovered this author yet then you really should buy all his books and treat yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another triumph 27 Jan 2014
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love wally lamb books and this didn't disappoint read it quickly and and wanted more perfect wish I ahd saved for holiday read
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