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Publisher Description

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.

March 12
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

maltkab ,


Amazing book. I cried so much while I was reading the story. Even now I still can not imagine the live without family.

Pb20012001 ,

The Wave

Great Biography it really expresses her emossions during the event. A must read

Onell579 ,

Very Powerful and moving

This book is like no other book I've ever read before. It touched me and moved me in a way I didnt think possible. The author seems to bear her very soul and takes you right into the very core of her unfathomable, unimaginable grief......

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