eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.42 hours)
Product Number: Z100029821
Released: Mar 05, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780385366649
Narrator/s: Hannah Curtis
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

Author(s): Sonali Deraniyagala
Original Publish Date: Mar 05, 2013

All formats/editions

Author(s): Sonali Deraniyagala
Product Number EB00161497
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307962706

Professional reviews

"The author experienced unimaginable losses when the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka, where she had been staying with her husband, two young sons, and her parents. As the lone surviving member of her family, she struggles to find a reason or a way to go on in the face of her pain. Hannah Curtis's voicing is almost deadpan, a quality that certainly manages to convey the moments in which Deraniyagala is channeling her feelings of loss into anger and frustration rather than showing the sadness she feels to the outside world. However, when recounting details of Deraniyagala's life with her family, such as their personality quirks, preferences, and shared moments, the listener would have welcomed a bit more tenderness in the narration. S.E.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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