We Are Water is everything we’ve come to expect from a Wally Lamb novel: complex, filled with slowly revealed secrets and the damage they cause, and told through characters so real, that it is impossible to believe they are not about to walk through the door and interrupt your reading. Wally credits his ability to write believable characters, especially the female ones, with growing up in a house full of sisters.
We Are Water is Wally Lamb’s fifth novel and the fifth novel to be an internationally acclaimed bestseller. She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, and Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story are among some of the best-loved books of the last two decades. Wally is also the editor of Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two controversial volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for 14 years.
“We are imperfect people seeking to become better people. I write fiction so that I can move beyond the boundaries and limitations of my own experiences and better understand the lives of others,” Wally says of his writing and his teaching.
Wally Lamb and his wife Christine live in northeastern Connecticut and are the parents of three sons, Jared, Justin, and Teddy.
Wally Lamb’s appearance is made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of the United States of America.