We Are Water

4 November, 2013 Fiction 13

We Are WaterLike so many people She’s Come Undone was the one of first book that truly spoke to me.  I was floored that it was written by a man.  I tackled I Know This Much is True with my high school best friend one summer.  As we raced through it, the book solidified my deep and undying love for Wally Lamb’s novels.  The Hour I First Believed blew me away with the power and strength of Lamb’s words.  Am I the only one who had nightmares from the realistic scenarios?   So let’s be honest, I’ve been chomping at the bit to read We Are Water and threw my thanks on the blog tour god alter when I snagged this one.  I hoped and prayed that I wouldn’t be let down.  That Lamb would deliver.  Dear reader, he did!

Lamb has the innate ability to write human, flawed characters.  He captures that female voice so exquisitely I’m dying to know just how he does it.  It’s honestly one of his greatest gifts as an author.  I will warn you We Are Water is well over 500 pages but every word….every sentence….deserves to be in that book.

Lamb introduces us to the Oh family– father Orion, mother Annie, and three adult children, Andrew, Ariane, and Marissa–and a thread of “secrets” which weaves through Annie’s childhood, Orion’s ancestors, and the new secrets the children create and keep.  What we ultimately learn is the destructive power of those secrets.  How secrets can destroy a family.  How a seemingly self-sacrificing decision to spare pain might actually cause greater pain.  Now be honest, haven’t we all in some way, shape or form, done that?  And the secrets in We Are Water are their own character.  They take all forms in this story.– from outright non-disclosures, to denials, to self-delusions and the failure to see what’s right before you.

We Are Water is is told by many of the main characters and it’s convoluted, but believable.  Lamb allows us to understand the characters and their motives; and to understand their actions.   As a result, the characters are human and imperfect.  Lamb reveals a depth of compassion and empathy for each of his characters.

Woven expertly into this narrative of family lies and secrets is a mystery surrounding a death, the impact of a flood, and more.  Throughout the We Are Water, Lamb demonstrates how the secrets behind events are often more destructive than the events themselves.

I do hope you take the time to read this book. You will be richer for it.

We Are Water can be purchased on Amazon or Indiebound.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to participate in this tour.
You’ve read what I think about We Are Water.  Check out the other stops on this tour to see what my fellow fabulous bloggers have to say

uesday, October 15th: Love at First Book

Wednesday, October 16th: Alison’s Book Marks

Thursday, October 17th: Read Lately

Monday, October 21st: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, October 23rd: The Well-Read Redhead

Thursday, October 24th: West Metro Mommy

Friday, October 25th: Drey’s Library

Monday, October 28th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, October 29th: Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, October 30th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, October 31st: Lit and Life

Friday, November 1st: Girls Just Reading

Monday, November 4th: Book-alicious Mama

Tuesday, November 5th: BoundbyWords

Wednesday, November 6th: Books Speak Volumes

Thursday, November 7th: Book Hooked Blog

Friday, November 8th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, November 12th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 13th: Turn the Page

Thursday, November 14th: Dolce Bellezza

Jennifer Smeth

Jennifer Smeth

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13 Responses to “We Are Water”

  1. Jennine G.

    This is the third or fourth review I’ve read. I just started it, so I’m really excited to see these reviews. I have the signed copy B&N put out as a prerelease! Wally Lamb is one of those authors I discovered in my college bookstore on my own, so he has a special place in my heart :)

  2. Monika

    I’m regretting that I passed up participating in this tour. I forgot about incredible Lamb’s writing is – it’s been too long since I’ve read anything by him. Thanks for reminding me!!

  3. RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book

    I think one is perfect for someone who is kind of at midlife crisis age, too. Because both Annie and Orion have midlife crises.

    Besides that, it’s a good book about family and the secrets they keep! And yeah, She’s Come Undone? OMG awesomeness!

  4. Heather J. @ TLC

    I love it when a long book is so well written that I lose myself it in – sounds like this is that kind of book!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

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