Wave (memoir) Summary
Sonali Deraniyagala

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Wave (memoir) Overview

In her memoir, Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala tells the story of the tsunami in Sri Lanka that killed her husband, two sons, and her parents. Deraniyagala survived the tsunami to face incapacitating depression and grief. Despite her unconceivable losses, Deraniyagala demonstrates resilience as she describes her struggles to come to terms with her grief and find some peace in her life. Themes in this nonfiction work include movement through the stages of grief, the use of avoidance strategies to avoid pain, and the experiences that bring healing.