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    DescriptionThe 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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    A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sonali Deraniyagala
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 354 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844089284
    ISBN 10: 1844089282

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBJF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSN
    BIC subject category V2: RNR
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    BISAC V2.8: NAT023000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JMC, 1QSN
    DC23: 364.3494092
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    12 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    This is the most powerful and haunting book I have read in years ... In A Whaler's Dictionary there's the line, "Ishmael's impossible task is to write about a world that falls outside the realm of experience". And what Sonali Deraniyagala has done, in this beautifully written book, is to similarly give us a portrait of an event and its after-effects that we have never experienced or witnessed. At the same time she 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 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 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 My Own Country An amazing, beautiful book -- Joan Didion Rarely are we given a story of such narrative force and poetic simplicity ... Being spared, Deraniyagala seems doomed to spare herself nothing. Wave is a beautiful offering to readers. Bravissima -- Mary Karr A stunning memoir of grief, and in the sense that it's "like" anything else, it is most "like" The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion's remarkable memoir... It is heart-stopping. Wave contains some of the best, most affecting writing about love and family that I have ever read ... It is brutally unsentimental and completely raw: you periodically have to put it down and just breath. It is also wholly sui generis. I couldn't recommend it more highly. God, it's good, and God, she writes well: a love letter as well as a tragedy -- India Knight Sunday Times The most moving book I have ever read about grief ... a very, very fine book about love -- William Dalrymple Scotsman