Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala is a Sri Lankan author and economist, best known for her memoir 'Wave,' which recounts her personal experiences during and after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.


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  1. 1. Wave

    "Wave" is a memoir by Sonali Deraniyagala, recounting her experience of losing her entire family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Deraniyagala, a Sri Lankan-born economist, was on vacation with her husband, two young sons, and parents when the wave hit. She was the only survivor. The book is a raw and emotional account of her grief and struggle to come to terms with the loss of her loved ones, as well as her own identity and sense of purpose. Through her writing, Deraniyagala confronts the complexities of survivor's guilt, trauma, and the enduring power of love.

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