Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

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In prose that’s immaculately unsentimental and raggedly intimate, Deraniyagala takes us deep into her unfathomable loss.
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One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny; and then, over the ensuing years, as she emerges reluctantly, slowly allowing her memory to take her back through the rich and joyous life she’s mourning, from her family’s home in London, to the birth of her children, to the year she met her English husband at Cambridge, to her childhood in Colombo; all the while learning the difficult balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and the need to keep her family, somehow, still alive within her.




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About Sonali Deraniyagala

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Sonali Deraniyagala teaches in the Department of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York, working on issues of economic development, including post-disaster recovery.


Author Residence: New York and London


Author Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Cheryl Strayed on Mar 22 2013

In prose that’s immaculately unsentimental and raggedly intimate, Deraniyagala takes us deep into her unfathomable loss.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 05 2013

Ms. Deraniyagala would never use a bogus word like “healing.” Her book is therapeutic because it isn’t therapeutic at all.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by William Dalrymple on Apr 03 2013

...in Wave love reveals itself by the bleak intensity of the pain of absolute, irreplaceable loss, it is in the end a love story, and a book about the importance of love.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Marcia Kaye on Mar 08 2013

It's almost inconceivable that a memoir of such exquisite beauty could arise from an event as tragically horrific as the Asian tsunami of 2004.

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