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PostSubject: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:46 pm

A few months ago it was announced Susan Klebold, Dylan's mother, was writing a book about coping after the shooting and all the proceeds would go to mental health charities. Today the release date and title were announced. It's coming out February 16, 2016, and is actually already up for pre-order on Amazon.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:32 am

Thank you Wendla.
I am little surprised there is going to be a tv interview too as I didn't think any of the parents would ever actually do that as they can get very invasive and hostile.
I hope the book will be well received as that poor family has had enough cruelty and judgment heaped on them for 100 families'.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:54 am

I'm about to pre-order a copy myself

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:34 am

It's interesting that Sue will be doing a t.v interview and publishing a book after being quiet for so long. I think now that a lot of time has passed, people have had time to move past the initial emotions and false info of the event. Now more people are trying to understand columbine and similar events with a more opened mind. So this is a good time for her to do an interview. It's very courageous of her, and I commend her for doing it. I'm very interested in hearing what she has to say and reading her book.

This reminds me of Eric's parents. Someone can correct me if i'm wrong about this, but I think they have been silent forever. It's totally fine and understandable, though. Especially after Cullen's story.


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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:21 am

I'm kinda suprised she is doing this, always seemed quite quiet. Good on her for giving profits to charity though.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:41 am

Great news, I was starting to think that the book project was in limbo. I'm really surprised that she is going to be interviewed on TV too, didn't expect that at all, specially since Oprah said that she declined all the interview requests over the years.

I think it's a brave move, but I'm sure that some people like Brian Rohrbough and the Bernall family cannot wait for the book to be published and the interview to be broadcasted to start dumping on her :/

Btw, I think the cover would have looked so much better with a different typography and a shorther title.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:45 am

Wow. Never saw the TV interview coming in a million years. I don't think we can even guess how it will turn out. Other than that you should always expect to hear Diane's "but did you really?" tone of voice as she asks each question. This announcement alone has launched Columbine right back into mainstream media (online anyway) and is probably getting the attention of this new teenage generation that is now taken over by kids who weren't even alive at the time of the massacre. I mean, when this airs - the ones who were born in 1999 will be the same age as a lot of the victims (and Dylan himself) were at the time. It's crazy.

Also, ABC tends to tease/spoil the hell out of every interview. (And usually is played on other channels, too.) in the month(s) before it airs. So, i'm sure January going into February will put it everywhere again.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:45 am

I'm hoping there will be a positive out of this book, maybe even something that will make the Harris open up if the see a good reception on the book. I'd really like to hear what they have to say,
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:26 am

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Great news, I was starting to think that the book project was in limbo. I'm really surprised that she is going to be interviewed on TV too, didn't expect that at all, specially since Oprah said that she declined all the interview requests over the years.

I think it's a brave move, but I'm sure that some people like Brian Rohrbough and the Bernall family cannot wait for the book to be published and the interview to be broadcasted to start dumping on her :/

Btw, I think the cover would have looked so much better with a different typography and a shorther title.

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Yeah man, that cover is pretty amateur.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:18 pm

It will be interesting to see if/how she approaches topics such as behavioral vs biological upbringing.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:12 am

Thanks for the update. Very interesting about the TV interview.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:18 pm

No disrespect I am excited to read the book, but part of me wonders...will the Klebolds still not fully 100% accept what Dylan Klebold did without putting most of the blame on Eric? If I read this book, and I STILL see that they're making excuses for Dylan the book will be going in the trash. It is that simple. There is NO excuses for what that kid did, PERIOD. Parent or not! It's been almost 20 years, and it is time to understand that. I just hope she does/did the right thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:25 pm

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No disrespect I am excited to read the book, but part of me wonders...will the Klebolds still not fully 100% accept what Dylan Klebold did without putting most of the blame on Eric? If I read this book, and I STILL see that they're making excuses for Dylan the book will be going in the trash. It is that simple. There is NO excuses for what that kid did, PERIOD. Parent or not! It's been almost 20 years, and it is time to understand that. I just hope she does/did the right thing.

I wouldn't be so hard on her. You don't get over something like that. You cling to anything that can make you feel better.

Both Wayne and Kathy Harris have pretty much written Eric off as a psychopath - they seem to feel that they tried their best, but the kid was mentally broken and hid his true nature from them.

Should that not piss us off even more than the Klebolds' attempt to preserve at least some semblance of their son's dignity? Or should we say, "We cannot begin to understand what they have gone through ... let them think whatever they need to think in order to get through the day"?
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:44 pm

I feel that it is fair to say that we don't actually know that Eric's parents believe he was a psychopath. All we have to support this is Mrs.Mausers statement that they "seemed " to accept that he was at the meeting they had. That must have been an awkward meeting.
Maybe the Mausers' told Eric's parents that's what they believed and Eric's parents didn't feel comfortable to disagree in the situation.
Until I get some other conformation that is what Eric's parents actually believe, its still an open question for me.


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No disrespect I am excited to read the book, but part of me wonders...will the Klebolds still not fully 100% accept what Dylan Klebold did without putting most of the blame on Eric? If I read this book, and I STILL see that they're making excuses for Dylan the book will be going in the trash. It is that simple. There is NO excuses for what that kid did, PERIOD. Parent or not! It's been almost 20 years, and it is time to understand that. I just hope she does/did the right thing.

I wouldn't be so hard on her. You don't get over something like that. You cling to anything that can make you feel better.

Both Wayne and Kathy Harris have pretty much written Eric off as a psychopath - they seem to feel that they tried their best, but the kid was mentally broken and hid his true nature from them.

Should that not piss us off even more than the Klebolds' attempt to preserve at least some semblance of their son's dignity? Or should we say, "We cannot begin to understand what they have gone through ... let them think whatever they need to think in order to get through the day"?
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:54 pm

yo,

hopefully - they are gonna tell em k. harris would have wished rather revenge - or they ll be sweet... do not get it.

kevin the great bra? and eric? totally weird?

do not believe a word - sorry;

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by the way - what about "the limey?" who has been brook's seeker? and why did the call eric d. harris "the receiver"? for press (*ing) reasons? or ust because for lilly pharma's - meaning expedience's sake?
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:24 pm

First of all, I'm looking forward to this book and will definitely read it.

I must say, though, that cover does look quite amateurish and the title is really generic and even boring from a marketing point of view. That could be the book title of any mother who has lost her child. (Of course, I understand that the title for this one would never be something sensationalized like "Columbine killer's mother...")

Still, I would have gone with some different, more detailed and creative title, even just something like My son Dylan.

(The cover photo is beautiful, though. Suits the story and purpose of this book, I believe.)

But I applaud Sue Klebold for writing this book!

On a side note, she was 50 when Columbine happened, and now she is 66. It's natural and that's how life goes, but it's also somehow sad. Dylan Klebold will forever be 17, but her family is getting gray and old - without him.

The TV interview sounds also interesting, first time seeing and hearing Sue Klebold live. I wonder if they will show some never-before-seen video clips of Dylan, for example the video of him getting ready for prom. They showed it to the author of the book Far From the Tree. I think that video would show the audience how normal Dylan acted just days before the massacre.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:44 am

I don't know, I see her catching a lot of heat for this. I could be completely wrong- I hope I am- but I think people might be hard on her. Allot of people believed that she and the Harris's held the key to what went wrong with their boys, yet shes waited 16 years to speak; thereby, not preventing other such tragedies.

Although, it's probably been long enough that a memoir of her struggles after Columbine will be accepted. Maybe she'll offer some helpful insights into Dylan, who knows.

Hopefully it goes well for her. I, for one, can't wait to read her book, and watch the interview. From what I've read so far - the couple times shes spoken about Dylan - I like her. She seems like a very compassionate, intelligent woman.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:43 am

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I don't know, I see her catching a lot of heat for this. I could be completely wrong- I hope I am- but I think people might be hard on her. Allot of people believed that she and the Harris's held the key to what went wrong with their boys, yet shes waited 16 years to speak; thereby, not preventing other such tragedies.

Although, it's probably been long enough that a memoir of her struggles after Columbine will be accepted. Maybe she'll offer some helpful insights into Dylan, who knows.

Hopefully it goes well for her. I, for one, can't wait to read her book, and watch the interview. From what I've read so far - the couple times shes spoken about Dylan - I like her. She seems like a very compassionate, intelligent woman.  

A few years back she wrote an article briefly describing what Columbine was like and the aftermath. For the most part, responses towards her were positive. But you still had your people who complained and put her down. They were saying things like she's totally neglecting what Dylan and Eric did because she talked a lot about mental illness and suicide. That she was more concerned that her son committed suicide than what he did to his victims. I don't see that at all. I get where she's coming from. If she would have seen the signs of mental illness and depression in Dylan ahead of time, then maybe she could have intervened. Regardless of what anyone thinks, she too lost a child that day and has a right to mourn him just like all the other parents. Some of these people act like she's way out of line to address suicide. Ultimately, I think anyways, that part of the reason Dylan wanted to do Columbine was to finally get the nerve to kill himself.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:05 am

Good, I'm happy to hear she received some positive responses. That family doesn't need anymore grief, god knows they've had more than their fair share of that. She absolutely has the right to mourn her child. I give her major props for being so open about it and sticking by her son, that takes courage.

Suicide was a major factor in the shooting for Dylan; her addressing that is very important.



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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:28 am



It'll be nothing more than a self preserving "I'm sorry" tale by which she'll make a good check on regardless of anything you'll ever be told.

But I'm okay with it. SK wasn't nearly in touch with her reality as a parent & likely never bonded with either of her children in certain critical stages of child development. Still doesn't mean she wasn't as good or better than 90% of the Mom's in this world.

90% of the kids didn't gun down their school.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:36 am

Fatheroftwo,
People have said far worse about the two sets of parents and you will always believe what you like but you are basically calling her a bad and neglectful Mom and saying that she bears some of the blame for Dylan killing others and himself. Pretty harsh IMO, but I guess you must feel the same about Eric's Mother?


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It'll be nothing more than a self preserving "I'm sorry" tale by which she'll make a good check on regardless of anything you'll ever be told.

But I'm okay with it.  SK wasn't nearly in touch with her reality as a parent & likely never bonded with either of her children in certain critical stages of child development.  Still doesn't mean she wasn't as good or better than 90% of the Mom's in this world.

90% of the kids didn't gun down their school.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:52 am

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People have said far worse about the two sets of parents and you will  always believe what you like but you are basically calling her a bad and neglectful Mom and saying that she bears some of the blame for Dylan killing others and himself. Pretty harsh IMO, but I guess you must feel the same about Eric's Mother?


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It'll be nothing more than a self preserving "I'm sorry" tale by which she'll make a good check on regardless of anything you'll ever be told.

But I'm okay with it.  SK wasn't nearly in touch with her reality as a parent & likely never bonded with either of her children in certain critical stages of child development.  Still doesn't mean she wasn't as good or better than 90% of the Mom's in this world.

90% of the kids didn't gun down their school.



Not saying that at all. Clearly stated SK is in the top 10% of all Mom's.

It's not a perfect world, people have unrealistic perceptions. Read what I posted from a different perspective & you'll see the point as SK being no different if not a better parent than 90% of her peers. Yet the other 90%'s kids most likely never pulled of a Columbine.

It's not on her.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:18 am

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People have said far worse about the two sets of parents and you will  always believe what you like but you are basically calling her a bad and neglectful Mom and saying that she bears some of the blame for Dylan killing others and himself. Pretty harsh IMO, but I guess you must feel the same about Eric's Mother?


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It'll be nothing more than a self preserving "I'm sorry" tale by which she'll make a good check on regardless of anything you'll ever be told.

But I'm okay with it.  SK wasn't nearly in touch with her reality as a parent & likely never bonded with either of her children in certain critical stages of child development.  Still doesn't mean she wasn't as good or better than 90% of the Mom's in this world.

90% of the kids didn't gun down their school.




Not saying that at all.  Clearly stated SK is in the top 10% of all Mom's.

It's not a perfect world, people have unrealistic perceptions.   Read what I posted from a different perspective & you'll see the point as SK being no different if not a better parent than 90% of her peers.  Yet the other 90%'s kids most likely never pulled of a Columbine.

It's not on her.


Yep, harsh


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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:02 am

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People have said far worse about the two sets of parents and you will  always believe what you like but you are basically calling her a bad and neglectful Mom and saying that she bears some of the blame for Dylan killing others and himself. Pretty harsh IMO, but I guess you must feel the same about Eric's Mother?


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It'll be nothing more than a self preserving "I'm sorry" tale by which she'll make a good check on regardless of anything you'll ever be told.

But I'm okay with it.  SK wasn't nearly in touch with her reality as a parent & likely never bonded with either of her children in certain critical stages of child development.  Still doesn't mean she wasn't as good or better than 90% of the Mom's in this world.

90% of the kids didn't gun down their school.



Not saying that at all.  Clearly stated SK is in the top 10% of all Mom's.

It's not a perfect world, people have unrealistic perceptions.   Read what I posted from a different perspective & you'll see the point as SK being no different if not a better parent than 90% of her peers.  Yet the other 90%'s kids most likely never pulled of a Columbine.

It's not on her.


I agree with the others. Your accusation was harsh and quite rude. Susan Klebold has already said that all the profits from the book will be going towards mental illness/suicide causes, so her doing it for the money, as you implied, obviously isn't the case.

And what makes you think she never bonded with her children? Dylan was mentally sick with severe depression, and sometimes, no matter how much bonding you do with your children, there are some things they just won't open up about.

I'm sure Susan Klebold probably still has torturous thoughts and beats herself up about it everyday (wondering what she missed and what she could have done to prevent Dylan from doing what he did).

Personally, I'm glad she's decided to share her story. I think she is doing it to try and help parents become more aware of mental illness/suicidal thoughts so that it can help other parents catch warning signs she missed in her own child.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:36 am

I too think your post was quite harsh and a bit jerk-ish.

I don't know though, maybe you are right. I'm a Fatherofnone so perhaps parents know better than me.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:19 pm

I am not taking sides here, but by weird coincidence I just read these passages in Comprehending Columbine by Ralph W. Larkin:

"The Klebold family, according to confidential sources, was not a particularly happy one. Dylan and his older brother fought continuously. Relationships within the family were not particularly nourishing..." (138)

"However, Tom and sue Klebold were not particularly demonstrative, nor were their relationships with their children characterized by warmth or touching. Although relationships were filled with conflict, they were not physically violent. Tom and sue Klebold attempted to raise their children with a strong sense of morality and adherence to personal values. Both boys knew right from wrong. However, there was not much joy in the house..." (139)

I don't blame the Klebolds for NBK and I don't think Sue Klebold is putting out the book for money, but I thought the passages above were relevant to this thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:43 pm


I think those quotes came from Randy and Judy Brown, and I am almost certain it was after they had fallen out with the Klebolds. No family is perfect but I don't know how much stock you can put into this considering the source.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:54 pm

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I think those quotes came from Randy and Judy Brown, and I am almost certain it was after they had fallen out with the Klebolds. No family is perfect but I don't know how much stock you can put into this considering the source.

I was thinking the same thing but I've never read that book so I wasn't sure. I don't listen to much of what the browns say, they're very much of the Dylan was a follower, Eric was the devil mindset. Not Brooks of course, but he annoys me in his own way.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:16 am

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I too think your post was quite harsh and a bit jerk-ish.

I don't know though, maybe you are right. I'm a Fatherofnone so perhaps parents know better than me.

Blunt but factual (in my mind at least).. if you could hear my tone it would read a lot different.

My thoughts are based on experience, psychology & history.. most parents aren't as good/tight with their kids as they believe, most troubled kids didn't bond during critical stages of child development, most non profit/pro bono efforts retain a direct or indirect financial gain & the book's motivation is almost certainly centered on personal healing.. consciously or not. None of my thoughts are original.. taken from others.

Aside from that, most seem to miss my key point.. I think SK is likely in the top tier of quality parents & had little to nothing to do with her son acting out in a mass killing. We are all flawed & that is human. If 4/20 were to never happen SK would be regarded as a great parent very likely. Unfortunately her son pulled off 4/20 & she is responsible to a degree in the eyes of many.
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PostSubject: Re: Title and Release Date of Susan Klebold's Book Announced Today   Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:34 am

Thank you for explaining more,Father of Two.I don't agree with you but I do appreciate more insight into your thought process.

I obviously wasn't in their home but I've never seen anything to suggest that E &D's parents were not loving parents.The "But their kids went on a shooting spree." is not enough to prove this to me as I feel this is something that could happen to many, many parents under the right circumstances.
I am sure they made mistakes and there are things they desperately wish they could do over, but I feel every parent, no matter how dedicated makes mistakes.
As to whether they properly bonded with their sons or not, I don't know.All I see are loving parents and the fact that their parents were some of the few people E &D seemed to love.
You can make the argument that if E &D had really loved their parents they would not have went through with it, but that brings you back to saying that everyone who commits suicide don't care about their loved ones which I don't believe could be true at all.
I think there was sincere love between E &D and their parents.

I think SK' sincerely hopes to help people with her book,but I also think she wants to tell her story in her words as she experienced it and try to clear the air about she and her Husband being bad parents .
The book is also likely part of her process of personal healing but I see nothing wrong with that.Many victims famalies said that the books they wrote or the things they do to honor their loved ones are part of their healing process.
I see no reason that SK should not have that same opportunity as they.The woman has been through Hell with little support, people have tried to deny and invalidate her grief. She deserves this chance.If the thought of this book being part of her healing process offends anyone they don't have to read it.There are many people who will blame her and her husband no matrer what she says or does.These peoples minds are fixed.Nothing less than going through a similar tragedy would ever chance it.
But SK probably hopes to reach those whose minds aren't so made up, who were too young at the time to have an opinion or who is willing to hear her out before assigning blame to her.
I cannot say that I blame her for any of her motivations or reasons stated above.


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