Wave: A Memoir

Written by:
Sonali Deraniyagala
Narrated by:
Hannah Curtis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2013
5 hours 25 minutes
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.
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Martha C.

This is a beautifully written and narrated memoir of an unimaginable tragedy and Sonali's long path through grief and recovery. Without being sentimental or overly dramatic, she weaves the tale with tough honesty balanced with grace, managing to capture the loss of a wonderful life with her two very young and very special boys, and Steve, her husband, who was both a true partner and an exemplary dad, and the grueling agony of coming to terms with that loss. She creates a superb narrative of the decade following "the wave" in which she she struggles to forge ahead with her life without her beloved family while keeping their memory close. Very highly recommended. One of the best books I have encountered in years

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Kelly Anthony

Powerful, bruisingly honest, and deeply moving. Superb narration-

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