Title Profile & Character Information

Wave

Annotation
The Indian Ocean tsunami that broke loose on December 26, 2004, killed something like 230,000 people, including Deraniyagalas parents, husband, and two young sons. And though she opens by taking us straight into the wave, 30 feet high and rushing toward Sri Lanka at 25 miles an hour, her book is ultimately an account of her coping with her grief while also celebrating the memories of those she loved. As she ranges over her childhood in Colombo, meeting her English husband at Cambridge, and the birth of her children, we learn how she managed to keep these wrenching memories, and hence her family, with her.

GenreNonFiction
Health, Mind and Body
Sociological
Memoir
TopicsTsunamis
Natural disasters
Family tragedy
Grief
Loss
Memories
Personal tragedy
Personal narratives
SettingSri Lanka