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Author
Sonali Deraniyagala.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780345804310
Pages/Publication Date 228/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49160
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(Finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and a Top Ten Book of the Year for the New York Times) In this stunning memoir, London economist Sonali Deraniyagala takes us through her harrowing personal aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Visiting a Sri Lanka beach with her parents, her husband, and her sons, Deraniyagala was swept up by the 30-foot wall of water and taken two miles inland, while everyone else in her family drowned.

"The most exceptional book about grief I've ever read.... [Deraniyagala] has fearlessly delivered on memoir's greatest promise: to tell it like it is, no matter the cost.... As unsparing as they come, but also defiantly flooded with light."NYTBR

"In rinsed-clear language, [the author] 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, from suicidal despair to persistent fear, attempts to drown her pain in drink, 'helpless rage,' guilt and shame, and paralyzing depression. But here, too, are sustaining tides of memories that enable her to vividly, even joyfully, portray her loved ones. An indelible and unique story of loss and resolution written with breathtaking refinement and courage."Booklist

 
 
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