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By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0345804317
  • ISBN 13: 9780345804310
  • Sales rank: 138,930

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One of "The" "New York Times"'s 10 Best Books of the Year, a "Christian Science Monitor" Best Nonfiction Book, a "Newsday "Top 10 Books pick, a "People m"agazine Top 10 pick, a Good Reads Best Book of the Year, and a "Kirkus "Best Nonfiction Book A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family--parents, husband, sons--were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.

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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