Synopses & Reviews
Robert and Mary Rowes second child, Christopher, was born with severe neurological and visual impairments. For many years, the Rowes courageous response to adversity set an example for a group of Brooklyn mothers who met to discuss the challenges of raising children with birth defects. Then Bob Rowes pressures professional and personal took their toll, and he fell into depression 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 the Rowes 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 a young 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 addresses the questions of how human beings cope with the burdens that chance inflicts upon them and what constitutes moral and legal guilt and innocence.
"This is a harrowing book, a deeply painful, bleak, and searching work of nonfiction about love, loss, forgiveness, and, above all else, morals."
Adrienne Miller, Esquire
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"Readers should experience the suspense for themselves . . . Facing the Wind had me tossing at night and racing to finish it by day. It is a rare combination of superb reporting and narrative skill . . . It is not a book that can be read and forgotten."
James B. Stewart, New York Times Book Review
"Happily for the reader, Ms. Salamon is a fine reporter . . . In tackling the issue of personal heroism, Facing the Wind brings home the point that while certain of life's difficulties can be fought and conquered, others must simply be borne with digity. From what depths do humans draw the strength to do that? What is their reward?" The New York Times