The Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami

The Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami

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By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 215mm x 18mm | 248g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184408907X
  • ISBN 13: 9781844089079
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 32,643

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Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014 The book opens and we are inside the wave: thirty feet high, moving at twenty-five mph, racing two miles inland. And from there into the depths of the author's despair: how to live now that her life has been undone? Sonali Deraniyagala tells her story - the loss of her two boys, her husband, and her parents - without artifice or sentimentality. In the stark language of unfathomable sorrow, anger, and guilt: she struggles through the first months following the tragedy -- someone always at her side to prevent her from harming herself, her whole being furiously clenched against the reality she can't face; and then reluctantly emerging and, over the ensuing years, slowly allowing her memory to function again. Then she goes 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 while learning the balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and her fundamental need to keep her family, somehow, still with her.

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Sonali Deraniyagala was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She 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, New York City. She lives in New York, and North London.

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"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