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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:
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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 a group 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 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.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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