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A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy


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The acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, about living in the aftermath of Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.

— Washington Post, Best Memoirs of 2016

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101902776
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 99,015
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999 who killed 13 people before ending their own lives, a tragedy that saddened and galvanized the nation. She has spent the last 15 years excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Instead of becoming paralyzed by her grief and remorse, she has become a passionate and effective agent working tirelessly to advance mental health awareness and intervention.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Solomon 9

Preface 25

Part I The Last People on Earth

Chapter 1 "There's Been a Shooting at Columbine High School" 35

Chapter 2 Slivers of Glass 62

Chapter 3 Someone Else's Life 86

Chapter 4 A Resting Place 116

Chapter 5 Premonition 120

Chapter 6 Boyhood 128

Chapter 7 One Mother to Another 172

Chapter 8 A Place of Sorrow 216

Chapter 9 Life with Grief 219

Chapter 10 The End of Denial 248

Part II Toward Understanding

Chapter 11 The Depths of His Despair 291

Chapter 12 Fateful Dynamic 316

Chapter 13 Pathway to Suicide: Dylan's Junior Year 330

Chapter 14 Pathway to Violence: Dylan's Senior Year 391

Chapter 15 Collateral Damage 447

Chapter 16 A New Awareness 451

Chapter 17 Judgment 475

Chapter 18 The Wrong Question 498

Conclusion: Knowable Folds 517

Acknowledgments 521

Notes 529

Resources 551

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