‘Why I Left My Children’ Author Generates Thousands of Comments

By Maryann Yin Comment

In her memoir (Hiroshima in the Morning) and personal essay (“Why I Left My Children“), author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto explained why she left her husband and two sons (ages three and five at the time) to become a part-time parent.

The video embedded above features a Today Show clip with Rizzuto and relationship expert Argie Allen. A recent profile of the author on Shine generated more than 16,000 comments, 360 re-tweets on Twitter, and 75,000 “likes” on Facebook.

What do you think? Here’s an excerpt from the article: “In any case, it’s evident that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to motherhood. But does striking out on your own or being a ‘Hiroshima Mom’ take free-range parenting to an extreme?”

Rizzuto teaches creative writing at Goddard College. Hiroshima in the Morning was a 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalist in the autobiography category. Rizzuto’s first novel, Why She Left Us, won her an American Book Award in 2000.