A weekly post in which I share an audiobook recommendation to add to your hitlist rotation.
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
I’d wanted to read this one since I’d first seen it hit shelves at my local Barnes & Noble. I’ve always wondered about the parents. I’ve wondered what things were like for them, if they had any clue that things weren’t right; things that I imagine everyone else was wondering.
I went into this book with no expectations. I was simply curious to hear what she had to say. Listening to Klebold read her own words, sharing with us both her life with Dylan and then living through the aftermath, was incredibly intense. Her experiences and emotions felt raw as they were laid out and read off the pages. She hit every emotion on the spectrum and I felt them all.
I realize this is not going to be a book for everyone. For those listeners who have been considering it and were waiting for a nudge, here it is: go give it a listen. Just make sure you’re prepared for a strong emotional reaction.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 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.
Listening length: 11 hours 31 minutes