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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people at Columbine High School (before taking their own lives), many people blamed their parents. How could they not have known something was horribly wrong? Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, found herself wondering the same. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy charts her harrowing struggle to understand how her beloved son became a killer and to come to terms with her own grief, shame, and regret. More than just a memoir of horror, Klebold’s powerful book seeks to help other parents by sharing what she’s learned about suicide, mental illness, violence, and bullying.
A Mother's Reckoning
This is a book like non other. With tears in my heart, I could not put it down. Although I have always had a special place in my heart for the mothers of victims (both the perpetrators and recipients), I was so educated. Being a mother of a now 52 year old son, I learned so much on how this could possibly happened and continues to happen. This book shows a mother's unconditional love and I respect her as an amazing woman and human being. Hopefully more read this book and it can help prevent or comfort the most painful time in a woman's life. My thoughts and love goes with her.