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 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.
— Washington Post, Best Memoirs of 2016
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Table of Contents
Introduction Andrew Solomon 9
Part I The Last People on Earth
Chapter 1 "There's Been a Shooting at Columbine High School" 35
Chapter 2 Slivers of Glass 62
Chapter 3 Someone Else's Life 86
Chapter 4 A Resting Place 116
Chapter 5 Premonition 120
Chapter 6 Boyhood 128
Chapter 7 One Mother to Another 172
Chapter 8 A Place of Sorrow 216
Chapter 9 Life with Grief 219
Chapter 10 The End of Denial 248
Part II Toward Understanding
Chapter 11 The Depths of His Despair 291
Chapter 12 Fateful Dynamic 316
Chapter 13 Pathway to Suicide: Dylan's Junior Year 330
Chapter 14 Pathway to Violence: Dylan's Senior Year 391
Chapter 15 Collateral Damage 447
Chapter 16 A New Awareness 451
Chapter 17 Judgment 475
Chapter 18 The Wrong Question 498
Conclusion: Knowable Folds 517