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Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliationby Julie Salamon
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Robert and Mary Rowe's second child, Christopher, was born with severe neurological and visual impairments. For many years, the Rowes' courageous response to adversity set an example for agroup of Brooklyn mothers who met to discuss the challenges of raising children with birth defects. Then Bob Rowe's pressures - professional and personal — took their toll, and he fell intodepression and, ultimately delusion. And one day he took a baseball bat and killed his three children and his wife. In Facing the Wind, Julie Salamon not only tells theRowes' tragic story but also explores the lives of others drawn into it: the mothers, a social worker with problems of her own, an ocularist - that is, a man who makes prosthetic eyes — ayoung woman who enters the novitiate out of shame over her childhood sexual activities, and a judge of unusual wisdom. Facing the Wind is a work of redemptive compassion and understanding. It addressesthe questions of how human beings cope with the burdens that chance inflicts upon them and what constitutes moral and legal guilt and innocence.
The story of Robert Rowe, his disabled son, his adopted child, his murder of his wife and three children, and his second wife. The author "addresses the questions of how human beings cope with the burdens that chance inflicts upon them, and what guilt and innocence consist of."--Jacket.
Julie Salamon is an author, journalist, and critic whose books include The Devil's Candy (a national bestseller), The Net of Dreams, White Lies, and The Christmas Tree - a New York Times bestseller that has appeared in seven languages. Former
Table of Contents
The Beginning — The Second Son — Skills of Daily Living — The Mothers — The Happy Family — Neither Here nor There — One Sees, the Other Doesn't — Acceptance — The Ocularist — Unraveling — Afraid — Clarity — Reaction — The Defendant — The Postulant — Case Number 092182 — A New Person — Father, Mother, Sister, Brother — Real Life — The Leper — The Final Appeal — The Meeting — The Other Side of the Door — Another Mother — The Cycle of Life.
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