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By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 227 pages
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 188mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307962695
  • ISBN 13: 9780307962690
  • Sales rank: 354,540

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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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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.

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"The most exceptional book about grief I've ever read . . . I didn't feel as if I was going to cry while reading "Wave. "I felt as if my heart might stop . . . Deraniyagala has fearlessly delivered on memoir's greatest promise: to tell it like it is, no matter the cost. The result is an unforgettable book that isn't only as unsparing as they come, but also defiantly flooded with light . . . Extraordinary." --Cheryl Strayed, "New York Times Book Review" "An amazing, beautiful book." --Joan Didion, author of "The Year of Magical Thinking ""Radiant . . . The extremity of Deraniyagala's story seizes the attention, but it's the beauty of how she expresses it that makes it indelible . . . [She is] a writer of such extraordinary gifts . . . "Wave "is a small, slender book, but it is enormous on the inside." --"Salon" "Heart-stopping . . . A stunning memoir of grief . . . "Wave "contains some of the best, most affecting writing about love and family that I have ever read . . . It is also wholly sui generis. I couldn't recommend it more highly." --"Sunday Times "(UK) "Although for much of the book, we are privileged to be with her as she conjures and re-conjures her joyous family, what emerges from this wizardry most clearly is, of course, Deraniyagala herself--carrying within her present life another gorgeously remembered one." --"San Francisco Chronicle" " " "Unforgettable . . . It is a miracle Deraniyagala lived. The fact that she could write such a memoir, bringing those she loved to life so completely that they breathe on the page, is itself a miracle." --"Vanity Fair" ""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 " "Courageou