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We Are Water

A Novel
Lamb, Wally (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Are Water

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Anna Oh, a middle-aged wife, mother and artist, divorces her husband after 27 years of marriage to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
Authors: Lamb, Wally
Title: We are water
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 564 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Anna Oh, a middle-aged wife, mother and artist, divorces her husband after 27 years of marriage to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
ISBN: 0061941026
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Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • CecileSune rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is the story of Annie Oh and her family. When she was young, she had a tough childhood: her mother and sister died in a flood, she was a victim of abuse in her own home, and she was in foster care for several years. In fact, she kept many secrets from her husband and children, but her art helped her deal with the painful memories. However, after 27 years of marriage, she has left her husband, Orion. Now, she is about to marry Viveca, an art dealer who gave her her break as an artist. As Orion and their 3 grown children try to come to terms with the separation and the upcoming gay wedding, we learn more about her past and about Josephus Jones, the black artist who used to live in the shack in their backyard before the Oh family bought the property. The narrative is mostly told from the point of view of each family member: Annie, Orion, their children and Kent, Annie’s cousin. This allows us to be more intimate with the characters and the story. In fact, when Kent is the narrator, we even feel sorry for him, despite his awful actions. This sentiment attests Wally Lamb’s success and skill at writing with different voices. The book also tackles many important and controversial subjects: race, class and abuse. In addition, the link between creativity and madness is very interesting. However, I thought the story was a little bit slow to start and maybe a tad too long, but I’m glad I kept at it because it was definitively worth it. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good characters, good story. Interesting treatment of trauma and mental health in families. Parts rang very true

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Be prepared for the dark parts, as most of Lamb's novels have. It was a good read until the final portion which I found to be trite. It seemed that the author was to interested in getting things all finished. so the final three years are covered in a summative piece. Odd and left me unsatisfied with an otherwise interesting read.

Report This Feb 18, 2014
  • Lanny213 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written. Good story. Lots of tragedy for one family though although by the end of the book, all is well (sort of). Would recommend.

one of the best books if have read for awhile. i was unable to put it down. definitely a recommend.

Report This Jan 20, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another good book by Wally Lamb. Could not put it down.

Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A tedious soap opera of a story. Would not recommend it.

Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • IClare rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! The character of little Annie Oh at age five, in the kitchen telling her cousin Kent that she has "zema" and asking him if he wants to put the cream on the way "Mommy does" is heartbreaking and will stay with me. She's not even a real person and I worry about that five year old girl being left alone to care for herself, and even worse, be cared for by a pedophile uncle. And I think about how scared she must have been, first losing her mother, and then being abandoned by her father, who could have and should have mustered up what little strength was left in him, to care for his little daughter. After all she was still alive and needed him. There are very few characters that have stayed with me after I finish the book, but when they do, I know it's a special book and a great author. And when they do stay with me, I always find myself wanting to go back and read the book again to somehow save the character, even though I know that's not possible. If I only I could save little five year old Annie Oh. Thanks Wally Lamb! Great writing, really good book, and I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Report This Dec 04, 2013
  • creatureofhabit rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was surprised with this book. This is the first of Wally Lambs books that I didn't finish in a couple of days. I struggled to get through this in 2 weeks. The story line was too predictable at times & boring. I gave the book 3 stars because of the authors name not the content. I look forward to his next novel.

Report This Nov 23, 2013
  • llccghw rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wally Lamb does it again with another great read! Couldn't put it down and hated for it to end! Highly recommend!

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