“We Are Water” by Wally Lamb

We Are Water

I got We Are Water from a friend for Christmas and after reading a stack of books for class, I finally had time to get around to it and I LOVED IT! I first read Wally Lamb in high school, back then he had only two books to his name (She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True) and I read and loved both. Lamb has a knack of writing very real and very complex characters. This is true of all Lamb’s novels I’ve read, including We Are Water.

Now for a little back story: Annie Oh is a 52-year-old artist living in New York and after almost 30 years of marriage to Orion Oh, Annie leaves her husband for Viveca, a gallery owner in New York. The story centres on the days leading up to Annie and Viveca’s wedding. Lamb presents an array of narrators including Annie, Orion, and their three children Ariane, Andrew, and Marissa. Orion is an ex-psychologist at a university trying to cope with why his wife left him. Ariane and Andrew are twins, but are completely different. Ariane lives in California and runs soup kitchen while Andrew is a born-again Christian living Texas with his very religious finacee. Marissa, the youngest, is an aspiring actress living in New York.

The weaving narratives unlock hidden secrets from the characters’ pasts and help the reader to understand each character and his or her standpoint on Annie’s upcoming nuptials. We Are Water delves into a complicated tale of hurt, abuse, loss, and above all, love. I highly recommend giving Lamb’s latest novel a read. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy reading! 🙂


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