Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: We Are Water, and challenges met.

The 2014 Ebook Challenge.
Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms. Hosted by Sarah at Workaday Reads. You can join at any time, sign up under the 2014 Ebook Challenge tab on her blog. I signed up at the DVD Level and promised to read 25 ebooks in 2014. 

Title: We Are Water
Author:Wally Lamb
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.
We Are Water is an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist Annie; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest Oh. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.
With humor and breathtaking compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience in vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss. We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb—a compulsively readable, generous, and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

My thoughts:

I am not sure about this story. I gave it 5 stars because it touched me, it made me mad, it made me sad, it made me think. This family's story is told from the point of view of each family member. That at least makes it understandable. There are tragedies and emotions and consequenses to decisions. That is reality. I did not like all the characters, but that too is reality. I only really have one complaint in the story, and that is that part 5  is 3 years forward from the last of part 4, which left us sort of hanging as to what happened to Orion Oh, after he went back to the Viveca's rental .  We just get a quick summing up. It was a bit disappointing, but at least you did get a conclusion.  I guess I would recommend it, but it is not a feel-good read, rather a thought provoking, eye-opening, discussion making kind of read.

This book is the summer read from my face to face book club and I am looking forward to the discussion at our meeting in September. It also fits the Ebook Challenge as it was downloaded to my Kindle, and it fits one of the categories of the Mega Mix II Challenge that is hosted by the Love of Reading group on Goodreads.

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