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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:
3.5/5 (27 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 is an award-winning author and journalist. She has been a reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. Her books include Wendy and the Lost Boys, a biography of playwright Wendy Wasserstein; The Devil’s Candy, a behind-the-scenes account of the 1980s box-office flop Bonfire of the Vanities; and, with illustrator Jill Weber, the New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree, as well as two middle-grade novels, Mutt’s Promise and Cat in the City. Salamon is also chair of the Bowery Residents’ Committee, a community organization that provides support for individuals who are homeless and struggling with addiction or mental illness in New York City.  


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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.

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