Saturday, January 11, 2014

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

5 Star

In middle age, Anna Oh-wife, mother, outsider artist-has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Anna has fallen in love with Vivica, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

Anna and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers in 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.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

Once again, Wally Lamb has demonstrated just why he is a best selling author. His story was heart-wrenching, compelling, devastating and heartfelt and often all at once. Each separate section could actually be its own book as the details he so eloquently provides are so full and rich that each part could easily stand on its own merits.

This author has always impressed me with the way he creates such realistic characters that you feel you know them and perhaps even love them a little bit. I truly felt like I was either part of the moments described or at least closely involved with the character in question in each part as he is able to make you care about them just that deeply. The five members of the Oh family are so vastly different that it truly is a credit to Mr. Lamb that he was able to bring each character to life in such intense and vivid ways.

The story has many different elements and also alternates between past and present but without it seeming awkward or lacking in continuity. Every nuance, every plot twist even every sentence seems to have it`s perfect place. The story never seemed to drag or lose me; rather I just kept wanting to read faster and faster while wanting to savor every word.

The general plot line seems to be pretty straightforward but as with his previous works, nothing is as simple as it seems. Every unexpected turn does make sense in the big picture and only adds to the believability of the story. I can only wish that every author had his amazing imagination and ability to bring such wonderfully complex, rich and heartfelt stories to life.

Thank you to HarperCollins for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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