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Facing the Wave

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Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich
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Mar 11, 2014 | ISBN 9780307949271

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Praise

“Unforgettable . . . a heartrending and unexpected marvel.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A masterpiece of narrative reportage that balances Ehrlich’s own reaction with the voices of the victims.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A haunting elegy and story of renewal in a world torn apart by disaster. . . . Ehrlich writes beautifully, with a poet’s sensitivity.” 
The Daily Beast

“Heartbreaking. . . . [Ehrlich brings] personal perspective to the vivid reporting about people whose lives and world were so utterly changed. . . . Accompanying [her] on these difficult but sometimes joyous journeys is reading that’s often hard to bear, but too compelling to set aside.”
The Seattle Times

“Harrowing. . . . A sobering account of the human and environmental toll [of the tsunami]. . . . Readers of her book can witness the devastation through keen eyes. . . . The resilience of survivors is inspiring.”
The Economist

“It’s not the numbers, the facts and figures, or the geology, but the stories that matter [in Facing the Wave]. . . . Ehrlich is an observer of the natural world”
The Oregonian

“A riveting mosaic of reportage and reflection.”
Elle

“Brave. . . . The language is beautiful and frail. . . . Ehrlich tries to define the scope of the tragedy as a mosaic. Survivors’ testimony, scientific measurements, personal journal entries and traditional Japanese poetry are arranged into artful fragments.” —Fredericksburg Freelance Star

“Ehrlich’s book adds flesh and soul and spirit to the bare bones of news reporting, filling the void left by the media and reminding us that real people live behind the headlines.”
New York Journal of Books

“[Ehrlich’s] focus is aftermath, how the survivors of Japan’s March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami continue on past cataclysm. [She] collects their stories, tying them together thoughtfully, even musically, with poetry, science, and her own observations, to achieve a sort of universal empathy that comes from unimaginable circumstance.”
Santa Fe New Mexican

“Ehrlich is a lyrical and sensitive writer who has written about nature and her manifold mysteries. . . . Facing the Wave ends on a high and holy note of hope.”
Spirituality and Practice Magazine

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