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The sound of gravel : a memoir

The sound of gravel : a memoir / Ruth Wariner.
Wariner, Ruth.
  • New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
  • ©2015
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The true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist family. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth's father--the founding prophet of the colony--is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth's mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family's beliefs and question her mother's choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, this is the memoir of one girl's fight for peace and love.--Adapted from book jacket.
  • Wariner, Ruth
  • Latter Day Saints > Mexico > Biography
  • Polygamy > Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times
  • Latter Day Saints > United States > Biography
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Nonfiction
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Wariner, Ruth.
The sound of gravel : a memoir / Ruth Wariner.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
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