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


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.

Title:A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:336 pages

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

  • Denisa
    Aug 18, 2015

    Over the years, after a long time researching the Columbine case, I'd learned to view Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris as human beings. It was nearly impossible not to, considering I spent my time readin...

  • Sheila
    Feb 10, 2016

    I have to admit I felt a little hesitant to order this at first, until I saw "All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health is...

  • Deanna
    Nov 28, 2016

    I actually started listening to this in the summer. I only finished it recently. I find these books very hard to review. I think this audio hit me harder then I expected. It was even more emotional as...

  • Carol
    Apr 25, 2016

    "Her book is a tribute to Dylan without being an excuse, and a moving call to action for mental health advocacy and research."A MOTHER'S RECKONING is a detailed and graphic account of the carefully pl...

  • Esil
    Feb 29, 2016

    It would be easy to admire Sue Klebold for her courage in writing a Mother’s Reckoning. But having listened for the past few weeks to the audio version of Klebold’s book with rapt attention and a ...

  • Jaclyn Day
    Mar 15, 2016

    There’s no question that Klebold’s story is horrifying—a story of mass murder and its aftermath that blessed few of us will ever have to tell. In the wake of epic tragedy, how does a parent come...

  • Dem
    Feb 19, 2017

    I think now more than ever in a time when the Internet and Social Media has become such a huge part of teenagers and children's every day life and parents struggle to know exactly what their kids are ...

  • Brenda
    Apr 13, 2017

    I found Sue Klebold to be honest, empathic, and credible with the facts she gathered and presented them well, and willing to take responsibility for her son. A Mother’s Reckoning is a sincere gestur...

  • Kelli
    Mar 04, 2016

    I finished this audiobook more than two weeks ago and I still really don't know how to review it. It was heartbreaking. I was not a mother when Columbine happened. I was stunned when I saw the news th...

  • Snotchocheez
    Dec 07, 2016

    5 starsI can't believe it's been 17 years (and dozens of mass shootings henceforth) since the horrible events of April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. The havoc wrought at Columbine High School that ...

About Sue Klebold

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 paral