Absence. The four of them were together at one moment, then three of them were gone. Sonali Deraniyagala and her husband, Steve, were on vacation with their two sons at an oceanside hotel in Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004, when a trunami hit. Sonali survived. In her book, Wave, she expresses what happened on that tragic day, and mostly how her grief unfolded over weeks, months and years. In some ways, she filled the absence of their loss by bringing them back to life on these pages. Her writing could have become melancholy, but she never crosses that line. This is fine writing that grabbed my attention from the first page, and I wanted to stay with her to do whatever I could as a reader to ease her pain, perhaps just by thinking about her and her lost loved ones.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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