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: 125,056

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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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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.

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"The most powerful and haunting book I have read in years." --Michael Ondaatje "Unforgettable. . . . The most exceptional book about grief I've ever read. . . . [Deraniyagala] has fearlessly delivered on memoir's greatest promise: to tell it like it is, no matter the cost. . . . As unsparing as they come, but also defiantly flooded with light. . . . Extraordinary." --Cheryl Strayed, "The New York Times Book Review " "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 " "Out of unimaginable loss comes an unimaginably powerful book. . . . I urge you to read "Wave." You will not be the same person after you've finished." --Will Schwalbe "Vivid. . . . What emerges from this wizardry most clearly is, of course, Deraniyagala herself--carrying within her present life another gorgeously remembered one." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "An amazing, beautiful book." --Joan Didion "Stories of grief, like stories of love, are of permanent literary interest when done well. . . . Greatness reverberates from [Deraniyagala's] simple and supple prose." --"The New York Times " "Turns revealing into art as powerful as a planetary vibration." --"The Plain Dealer " "Both heartbreaking and astonishingly beautiful." --"New York Post " "[Deraniyagala's family] spring from these pages with an exuberance and dimensionality that lifts "Wave" from memoir into some virtual realm of documentation." --"The Boston Globe " "[A] quiet memoir of torturous loss. . . . Deraniyagala tours memories of her young family's history with artistry." --"The New Yorker " "A haunting chronicle of love and horrifying loss. . . . Memory, sorrow, and undying love." --Abraham Verghese "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 " "Chillingly real. . . . "Wave" captures the elusive, shape-shifting nature of grief." --"Newsday " "Beautiful and ravaging . . . faultless prose." --"Daily Herald " "Immeasurably potent. . . . Relentless in its explication of grief, this massively courageous, tenaciously unsentimental chronicle of unthinkable loss and incremental recovery explodes--and then expands--our notion of what love really means." --"More "magazine