We Are Water
by Wally Lamb
In middle age, Annie Oh—wife, mother, and outsider artist—has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.
Annie and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers, 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.
💚💚💚”Maybe that’s what love is. Having someone who guides you through different experiences, coaxes you to try new things but still makes you feel safe.” 💚💚💚
A story about a woman who leaves her marriage of almost 3 decades(Annie Oh) and begins a relationship with a lesbian (Viveca) that eventually leads to legal marriage. Conflicts arise with her ex husband (Orion) and grown children, all of whom have problems and deep dark secrets of their own.
It is easy to sink into the novel and become fully absorbed in their individual and family dramas. While many has touted this as a complex buildup of relationships that weave in and out toward a climax that exposes long-buried secrets, I am astounded with the other issues discussed in the story, like bipolar disorder anxiety, homophobic tendencies, child molestation and fertility treatments.
In the end, it was the writing and the characters that got to me. This was my last book of 2018 and reading it during the last few days of the year had gutted me and had me in tears, but it made me feel uneasy in some ways, too. I don’t know how to describe it, I laughed, I cried, I sighed, I rolled my eyes, everything. A good read, but not to be devoured at night time, is all I’m saying.