Wave

Wave

By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala , Read by Hannah Curtis

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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. "From the Hardcover edition.""

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  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 152.4 x 30.48mm | 45.36g
  • 05 Mar 2013
  • Random House Audio
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0385366612
  • 9780385366618
  • 1,649,973

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SONALI DERANIYAGALA has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford. She is on the faculty of the Department of Economics at SOAS, University of London and is a research scholar at Columbia University.

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"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 ""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

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