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Book Review: A Mother’s Reckoning

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April 20, 1999 was a day a lot of Americans remember.  It was the day Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine High School and killed 13 people, 15 including themselves.  Sue Klebold is Dylan’s mother.  She has written one of the most honest and gut-wrenching books I’ve read in a long time.  Her book is titled, “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy,” and in it she chronicles the day of April 20, 1999 and the weeks following based on her journals.  She recounts the random acts of kindness people from all over country showed her when she felt she didn’t deserve it.  As a matter of fact, she often refers to herself as the “mother of a murderer.”

There are moments throughout this book you can’t imagine being in her shoes.  Not really being able to mourn her son or have a real memorial service for him because of the fear of backlash and rightly so, writing letters to every victim her son killed, even going back to work, and continuing to live in the same area and see the same people.  She never tries to deny what her son did or dishonor the victims in any way.  What this book is more about, is a mother trying to make sense of why her son did something so awful to others and ultimately himself.

This book is not an encouraging book.  It took me longer to read than most because it was so heavy and Klebold entered portions of her own journal throughout the book to show the reader exactly what she was thinking on certain days.  This book will open your eyes to the humanity all around you.  It will remind you that others are suffering too.  It will wake you up to the reality of what’s behind some of our worst tragedies and to remember that there is a family suffering because every killer, drug addict, prison inmate, meth dealer, and robber has a mother.  And she’s probably wondering what she did wrong.

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