Photo: Martha Pavlidou

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240 pages; Knopf
This is a book about a lifetime of grief after the author loses her parents, husband, and two sons in the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. How do we learn to live with what we can't come to terms with? I kept thinking of that passage in the Bible: "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it."
— Jeanette Winterson