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Publisher Description

A disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True.

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh—wife, mother, outsider artist—has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets—dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives.

We Are Water is a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist, Anna; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest. It is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

With humor and compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

Fiction & Literature
October 22

Customer Reviews

mbbeachgirl ,


We Are Water explores guilt and responsibility, and family relationships in all their humanity.

Although this book takes a while to sink its teeth into you, once it does there is no letting go. Though some of the events eventually seem overly dramatic and unrealistic for one family to have weathered, suspending reality is no problem. The story is compelling, meaningful and intense.

Thanks Mr. Lamb

Momma lips ,

We are water

Loved every minute of this dysfunctional family! Did not want to put it down.

Long legion ,

A bit disappointing

I've been quick to read everything lamb writes and usually am engrossed in the characters. This book just didn't make me want to care about any of the characters. There was something about this book that was disappointing. I felt as if it were somehow disjointed and for the first time I was looking forward to the end of one of Lambs novels.

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