Like 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.
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