The Impossible is an unforgettable movie available here at MPL. It tells the story of Maria Belon and her family surviving the December 26, 2004 tsunami in Thailand where over 283,000 people were killed. The following link is an interview of Belon sharing her praise of the movie.
After watching this movie, I was moved to find out more about this horrific time. Maria has not written a book about her experiences, but I did find a newly published memoir by Sonali Deraniyagala telling her incredibly moving story. Sonali lost her husband and two children plus her parents in ‘the wave’. She also was swept up in it and nearly lost her life. This Cambridge educated professor is now a visiting research scholar at Columbia University in New York where she continues to recover emotionally from the trauma. Her story is a brutally honest portrayal of raw grief. How she has managed to muddle on is described in lyrical prose. Her family memories are extensive, and her painful journey is presented in an honest and courageous way. Wave is not an easy story to read, but it is worthwhile for the very rich emphasis on the beauty and importance of family and reflections on overcoming loss.