A Mother's Reckoning

  • by Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.
For the last 16 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 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 recent 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.

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Thought provoking

I didn't know what to think when I saw Sue Klebold had written a book. But having a small child in the school system at that time and running to school after I heard about Columbine to once again have my boy in my arms; compelled me to hear her side of the story. I found Sue to be extremely honest, heartbroken not only for her loss but the destruction her son caused. Her careful remembrance of each of the victims was spoken with compassion and deep regret.
I remember only thinking of those beautiful children, the teacher, the ones hurt and their grieving families. I prayed for each of them. I did not think of the shooters or their families I must admit. It takes courage for this book to be written. I can't image what they went through. My prayers do go out to the Klebolds. I'm sorry I wasn't praying for them 17 years ago.
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- Wendy J. Anderson

I kept on driving just to listen to a few more chapters

Sue Klebold is an astounding woman, full of grace, carrying around the most unbearable things. This memoir is sincere, honest, forthright and gut-wrenching. The book is completely mesmerizing and sheds light on issues of suicide, murder-suicide and the devastation that is left behind. This book is a confrontation of all we believe to be true.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio