We Are Water

We Are Water

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie Oh-wife, mother, and outsider artist-has fallen in love with Viveca, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success. Annie and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But the impending 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 an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, 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.
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062282859
0062282859
Branch Call Number: HOOPLA DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (23hr., 11 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Guidall, George

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FVReader
Sep 14, 2017

The voices on this audio were perfect for the characters being portrayed. I didn't realize taht it was Wally Lamb who narrated the part of Orion and it worked wonderfully.

I loved this story of family relationships, love and secrets that ripple through the generations. This is a story of a marriage that failed; how and why. And it's more than that; it's family, resilience, strength.

I love the title and how it shows the core of this story. We are water in our ability to flow with what life gives us to endure, we float, we could drown, we have no limits.

Wally Lamb can write a good story and this is one of them.

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madamepince
Jul 04, 2017

I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it. Wally Lamb is such a good writer.

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INVS
May 01, 2017

I must be the only person who disliked this book. I tried sticking with it, tried fast forward, failed. Years ago I read one of his I liked... not this one.

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Ashumz87
Jan 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this book, it really made me think. The characters were very engaging and different. The ending was okay. Overal I'd recommend it, 5 stars from me. After being disappointed by the hour I first believed I was glad to see lamb recover with this one. He really is a fantastic writer.

jmcphee128 Apr 27, 2015

Great audiobook. Interesting story and compelling characters.

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mvanzuylen13
Aug 07, 2014

I very much enjoyed the story, and the narrators. I felt that for the most part, the characters were well developed, and complicated. I almost gave up at the beginning, because I really disliked Annie in her first appearance. But as I kept going, the story revealed her to be a much more interesting and understandable person than I originally thought. I liked getting to know all the characters, flawed and human as they were. My complaints were A)The perspective from Annie's cousin was more graphic than necessary. B) The son's fiancee was a bit of a type.

However, I am glad I listened to the story, and would recommend it!

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jenzbooks
Feb 08, 2014

I didn't like the characters, but the multiple narrators did such a great job of bringing out their personalities. This is a good book, elegantly written, but made even better by the narrators. Except George Guidall -- in this book he detracts rather than adds to my enjoyment.

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SPL_Laura
Dec 20, 2013

Started reading this and got almost half way before temporarily giving up - just couldn't sink my teeth into the characters. Returned to it on audio a few weeks later and so glad I did, the pace, plot and character development really pick-up to make it yet another amazing read by Wally Lamb.

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Feb 23, 2014

Sexual Content: sexual abuse of children

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