I am a fan of nonfiction.
Don’t misunderstand: I love literature also. Where would I be without short stories, novels, plays, and Shakespeare? Life would be a mouthful of sawdust without fine wine and rich literature; nevertheless, nonfiction grips. Nonfiction pierces. Nonfiction soaks into our very bones as we newly view yet another previously unforeseen aspect of the human condition, sometimes down to a cellular level.
Such is the examination of at least one life in A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold. Yes, Klebold. yes, Columbine. Yes, a shooter’s mom.
There is no profit in this venture for Klebold, as she donates all post-publishing monies to mental (brain) health research and prevention.
In this analytical memoir, Sue Klebold painstakingly unfolds the image she held of her son Dylan in a dire attempt to remake him into the form matching the world’s perception of him since April 20, 1999. As she reworks the image over and again, the indelible marks of images both new and old remain. Crushingly open and honest, Klebold’s narrative attempts to answer the universal question, “How could you not know what your son was going to do?!”
As a reader, you may on occasion find yourself saying aloud to the author, “DO something! That’s a sign! Talk to him about this…” However, it behooves the reader to remember that we have the benefit of hindsight, having already confronted the horrors of the nation’s worst school shooting in our history. In this respect, Mrs.. Klebold was at a certain disadvantage, a fact that haunts us all.
As a visually impaired individual, I chose the Audible version of this memoir, but I highly recommend this same version to signed individuals as it is narrated b the author herself, adding an extra layer of humanity and reality to the experience.
I highly recommend this piece of nonfiction as a reality check for parents, teachers, and anyone who has ever been a teenager who hid anything from a parent.
Link to book’s site: http://amothersreckoning.com