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Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation

Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation

Written by Julie Salamon

Narrated by Sandra Burr


Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation

Written by Julie Salamon

Narrated by Sandra Burr

ratings:
4.5/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543611359
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Bob Rowe and his wife Mary worked hard to build their American dream. A suburban home, barbecues in the summer, and a fast track corporate job made their life look ideal to outsiders. Yet they faced one of the most difficult challenges for a couple: their son Christopher was born severely handicapped and disabled. As a family, they managed to navigate through the tough times by being hands-on parents. Their efforts were emboldened by a group of extraordinary women - all of whom also had disabled children - who acted as a support system for one another.

Yet something slowly began to happen to Rowe . . . His deceased mother's voice started to reverberate in his head instructing him to murder his family; reality disintegrated and a new job was lost when it proved too overwhelming. Finally a short stay in a psychiatric hospital did nothing to quell his sudden volatility . . . In a horribly violent act, he killed his wife and children.

Seen through the eyes and thoughts of Rowe's friends and second wife (whom he married on release from the psychiatric hospital where he spent just a few years for the murder of his family), Salamon braids the story of a man's roller coaster life (from ideal family man to murderer to someone struggling for redemption) with the touching and heroic tales of the mothers who were left looking on in shock at the tragedy no one ever could have anticipated.
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543611359
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Julie Salamon, a culture writer and critic for The New York Times since May 2000, has also been a reporter and film critic for The Wall Street Journal. Her journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bazaar, and The New Republic. Salamon is the author of six books, White Lies, a novel; The Devil's Candy, a study of Hollywood film making gone awry; The Net of Dreams, a family memoir; The Christmas Tree, a novella that was a New York Times best-seller; and Facing the Wind. Salamon received a B.A. degree from Tufts University and a J.D. degree from New York University Law School. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.


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    Excellent read! Explores raising a severely handicapped child, murder by reason of insanity, putting your life back together; all the nuances, implications, and issues, challenging and thought provoking.