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The memoir everyone has been talking about and moved by now in paperback. Universally acclaimed around the world and a national bestseller in North America, "Wave" is an extraordinarily brave, beautifully written memoir of loss by a survivor of the 2004 tsunami. About loss, it becomes a redemptive book about the power of love. For readers of literary non-fiction, Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," Cheryl Strayed's "Wild." On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation on the south coast of Sri Lanka when a wave suddenly overtook them. She was only to learn later that this was a tsunami that devastated coastlines through Southeast Asia. When the water began to encroach closer to their hotel, they began to run, but in an instant, water engulfed them, Sonali was separated from her family, and all was lost. In the years following, as part of a lifetime process, and to keep her loved ones alive, she wrote. And the result is a beautifully crafted, extraordinarily honest, and utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption. It is also a remarkable portrait of a young family's life and what came before, with all the small moments and larger dreams that suddenly and irrevocably ended.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 27.22g
  • Large Print Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 1594137315
  • 9781594137310
  • 687,990

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- "An unforgettable book. . .unsparing as they come, but also defiantly flooded with light." -- Cheryl Strayed, "New York Times Book Review" - "This is the most powerful and haunting book I've read in years." -- Michael Ondaatje - "An amazing, beautiful book." -- Joan Didion - ""Wave" is a memoir for the ages. . . . An eloquent monument to the deep human necessity of storytelling." -- John Barber, "Globe and Mail"show more

About Sonali Deraniyagala

SONALI DERANIYAGALA teaches in the Department of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York, working on aspects of post-disaster economic recovery. The author lives in New York.show more

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