We Are Water

Wally Lamb


This a complex work by a talented writer. The surface story, a lesbian marriage between artist Annie Oh and her agent Viveca, wealthy and sophisticated, is the first layer of the book. By the time it is over, we have learned Annie’s secrets, as well as those of her husband, psychologist Orion Oh, their three children, the twins Andrew and Ariane, and the youngest Marissa.

Intricate as a weaving, the story comes alive, layer by layer, until the bare threads that make up each life are laid open for us. The many secrets the characters keep from one another eventually come to the surface, slowly and inevitably revealed.

This is a wonderful book.


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