Harper & Harper Audio - 2013
Wally Lamb's latest novel, We are Water, is a story about marriage, about family, about emotional pain of the past and moving beyond it all. Anna and Orion Oh were married 27 years and the couple have three grown children: twins Andrew and Ariane are the oldest and Marissa is the youngest.
Anna has divorced her husband Orion and is about to marry a woman named Viveca, a wealthy Manhattan art dealer who has helped Anna professionally. As the wedding approaches and the family prepares for and gathers together for the event, painful secrets involving the various family members are revealed in the form of alternating chapters.
All of the characters are extremely well drawn. I liked that each of the children had issues of their own and varying views and concerns about the upcoming wedding. As more and more of the past is revealed about each character, I began to feel like I knew at least a few of these people most of my life.
Although it took a while, I loved how all of the threads seemed to fall into place about half way through the novel. The author has real talent for creating a controversial story and expertly covering sensitive topics like: child rearing, mental illness, the early death of a parent, alcoholism, life in foster homes and more. Readers need to be aware that there are some graphic depictions of both physical and sexual abuse of minors. There was also sporadic political commentary that might turn off some readers as well.
We Are Water, is very well written, and although it digs deep into the darker side of humans, it's a story that is uplifting as well at times. I was happy to see that the author was able to demonstrates how it is possible to move forward after a painful past.
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(audio download provided by publisher)