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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Salamon Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102667
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bob Rowe’s] horrifying murders of his wife and children will remain forever etched in my mind…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."

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This true-crime story reaches beyond the relatively narrow focus of the genre to ask painful and provocative questions about guilt and forgiveness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A suspenseful, well-researched account of the life of a Brooklyn lawyer Robert Rowe, who murdered his wife and three children and escaped prison with the insanity plea in 1978.  A perturbing read that prods us to ponder guilt and innocence from new perspectives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ably narrated by Sandra Burr.”

    Library Journal

  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 5/23/2013

    " A true story of a man who kills his family (wife and three children, one child of which is blind and disabled). The book included interviews with other mothers in a mom's group that the wife belonged to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Brooks | 12/30/2012

    " An important story about living the American Dream, and living the American Nightmare. It doesn't miss a beat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 9/6/2012

    " A sad, and true, story of a man who kills his family and his journey through life afterward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrine | 7/20/2012

    " This is a perfect bookclub book. It is excellently written. The journalistic rather than fiction writing background of the author makes this heartbreaking story very readable. It is though provoking and so interesting to see, if read in a group, whether the readers can forgive or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chamie | 5/31/2012

    " Whoa!!! What a book!! I would say this is one of the most shocking books I've ever read and I think the author did a great job of offering many different angles to this story. I think this is a must read for any true crime entusiast. This is not for the feint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/21/2011

    " Riveting story of a man who murders his family, then is found not guilty by reason of insanity. I couldn't put this down - but there were no pictures of the people involved in the story, which was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Quinn | 5/19/2011

    " This story isn't for everyone but I found it riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " This story isn't for everyone but I found it riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/6/2009

    " Riveting story of a man who murders his family, then is found not guilty by reason of insanity. I couldn't put this down - but there were no pictures of the people involved in the story, which was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 5/18/2008

    " A sad, and true, story of a man who kills his family and his journey through life afterward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrine | 5/13/2008

    " This is a perfect bookclub book. It is excellently written. The journalistic rather than fiction writing background of the author makes this heartbreaking story very readable. It is though provoking and so interesting to see, if read in a group, whether the readers can forgive or not. "

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About the Author

Julie Salamon is the author of several award-winning books for adults, including Wendy and the Lost Boys, as well as a novel for children, Cat in the City. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and more.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.