The Family Drama of Wally Lamb’s 'We Are Water'

10.14.2013

By Emily Drabinski

The author discusses the history behind his latest book

Wally Lamb’s latest, We Are Water, works the same magic as his 1992 Oprah-anointed breakthrough, She’s Come Undone, capturing a snapshot of modern life (class struggle, racial violence) through the lens of a family faced with jarring news from its matriarchal figure.

After 27 years of marriage to a man, Annie Oh prepares to wed Viveca, her minted Manhattan lesbian art dealer. Her three children express everything from support to fearful condemnation, while her shrink ex-husband isn’t sure how he feels.

As the competing narratives build amid the secrets that emerge when Annie returns to their Connecticut hometown, the results are explosive—much like a post-Obama, post–gay marriage America still tethered to its history.

Watch Wally Lamb discuss the evolution of the ideas for We Are Water below:

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