A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780385366618
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (5.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Curtis, Hannah


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Feb 12, 2019

Beautifully written and narrated. An essential reading for anyone struggling with grief. My heart hurt along with Sonali’s. The pressure to recover from traumatic loss seems to cut across cultures and class.

They say the heart mends over time.
So I wait. And pray. And wait. For my day.

Jun 22, 2013


Apr 20, 2013

Superb on the subject of mourning unthinkable loss, and how grief and coping change over time.

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