I'm emotionally spent Tired. Feeling like I need to cry but not really knowing who I'm crying for -myself or the characters in Wally Lamb's We Are Water...maybe both. I'm sitting on a plane and have just finished reading this novel. During the course of reading it, I found myself experiencing a myriad of emotions. Frustration with the art world lingo. Well, with my ignorance of it anyway I know nothing about art and found the first chapter to be a bit difficult to get through as I was introduced to the nuances of the subject while trying to sink into the story line.
I was intrigued by the theme of the book -the family secrets, the rules that the characters lived by. Whether the rules were handed down from someone else, a previous generation of others or were made up along the way; the various view points were weaved beautifully throughout each scene. I felt like I was given an opportunity to get to know the characters. To really learn about their beliefs and points of view and values. As a mental health provider I found the portrayals of provider and client to be vivid and honest in the descriptions. The contrast of beliefs between the characters provided a depth and understanding about how individuals who believe so differently can still get along and love one another. Poignant, descriptive, and well-written. 5* for sure.