We Are Water: A Novel (P.S.)
3 journalers for this copy...
"We Are Water" was also my introduction to Wally Lamb, who seems, if this novel is any indication, to be a fabulous author. He possesses marvelous abilities to create realistic characters, illuminate the human condition, defy stereotypes (indeed, Lamb sometimes turns his readers' assumptions on their heads!), and to leave the reader wanting to know what happens next.
Lamb's prose is not difficult to read, does not call attention to itself, and never gets in the way of the reading experience. This book is not an "easy read," however. There is nothing difficult about the language, but the subject matter is often difficult.
I think the characters in this novel will stay with me for a long time. They became real to me as I read, which is once again a testament to the writer's talent. I would also like to seek out more of Lamb's work to read in the future.
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I found the subject matter disturbing. The whole thing was just disturbing, beginning to end.
It is a fictional family drama and it is constantly unpleasant. There is racism, fat shaming, murder, child sex abuse, child physical abuse, child verbal abuse, abuse of power, scheming use of sex, battery, crippling, more murder, more racism, alcohol abuse, physical abuse, infidelity, homophobia and robbery. I probably missed some stuff. Well there is nose picking, barfing and a buffoonish portrayal of a black mother and housekeeper that had me cringing.
I love Wally Lamb’s work and haven’t read this one, yet. Looking forward to it.