A review of the heartbreaking WAVE, by Sonali Deraniyagala

WaveWave by Sonali Deraniyagala

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Amazon Best Book of the Month review: In an unblinking act of storytelling, Sonali Deraniyagala ruthlessly chronicles the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that horrifically snatched from her all that mattered. Throughout this fierce and furious book, I kept wondering how someone who lost so much could write about it with such power, economy and grace. At first, she shrieks and grieves openly, angrily; for years she remains stunned and staggered, shamed by “the outlandish truth of me.” Then, slowly, she allows herself to remember, sharing vivid glimpses of her past. We see, hear, and smell two rowdy little boys, their brotherly scuffling, their muddy shoes and grass stains. By confronting and recreating moments that make us laugh and weep, we accept their absence and root for the author not to quit. Difficult to describe, tricky to recommend, this is a bold and wondrous book. In a wounded voice that manages to convey the snide, sarcastic, funny, and fatalistic personality that survives beneath the pain, Deraniyagala slowly pieces together the elements that represent the life–the lives–she lost. And she brings them back. For us, for her, for them. So brave, so beautiful, in these pages Deraniyagala’s family is brilliantly alive. And so is she.
Neal Thompson

For fans of
The Year of Magical Thinking
and
The End of Your Life Book Club

[More Amazon Best of the Month reviews here: amazon.com/nealthompson]


The Year of Magical Thinking


The End of Your Life Book Club


Wave

Sonali Deraniyagala

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