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    DescriptionOne 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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    Title
    Wave
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 227
    Width: 119 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307962690
    ISBN 10: 0307962695
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 08
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: RNR
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    B&T Approval Code: A31604800
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT023000
    B&T Approval Code: A19406000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 954.9303/2092
    DC21: 954.93032092
    LC classification: CT1528.D47 A3 2013
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNB, JBSF1, RNR
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    05 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "An amazing, beautiful book." --Joan Didion, author of "The Year of Magical Thinking """Wave" is a haunting chronicle of love and horrifying loss. The heartfelt writing manages to render the absence of the loved ones--the void, and the pain of it--in such a beautiful way that what was lost emerges as a new life form, one whose flesh and sinew are memory, sorrow, and undying love." --Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone " "An indelible and unique story of loss and resolution written with breathtaking refinement and courage . . . In rinsed-clear language, Deraniyagala describes her ordeal, surreal rescue, and deep shock, attaining a Didionesque clarity and power. We hold tight to every exquisite sentence as, with astounding candor and precision, she tracks subsequent waves of grief . . . But here, too, are sustaining tides of memories that enable her to vividly, even joyfully, portray her loved ones." --"Booklist" "Out of unimaginable loss comes an unimaginably powerful book. "Wave" is unflinching as it charts the depths of grief, but it's also, miraculously, a beautifully detailed meditation on the essence of happiness. I came away from this stunning book with a new appreciation of life's daily gifts. I urge you to read "Wave." You will not be the same person after you've finished." --Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club " "The most powerful and haunting book I have read in years . . . Sonali Deraniyagala has brought back to life in this stunning memoir all those she lost, so much so that we will never forget them or their lives." --Michael Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient " "A devastating but ultimately redemptive memoir . . . The craft and control reflect an exceptional literary command . . . Excellent. Reading Deraniyagala's account proves almost as cathartic as writing it must have been." --"Kirkus Reviews "(starred) "Rarely are we given a story of such narrative force and poetic simpli