If you like to read in public places, don’t read Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. Your eyes will leak without warning and your body might start shaking. This woman lost both her parents in the Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka December 26, 2004. And her husband. And her two wonderful boys. She could have easily died as well, but somehow survived with minimal injuries. After knowing the fate of her family, especially of her children, she wanted to die and I could feel her every emotion through the retelling of her story. In so many heartbreak stories, the author seems to recover and regain all that was lost, just in a different form. Not this book; it is incredibly raw with no happy ending. She eventually begins to enjoy life again, but it takes a long time with continual struggles. As of the writing, she hasn’t remarried or had additional children. She just learns to get through the days, weeks, months and years without everyone that previously made up her world. A truly compelling story.