The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir Author Ruth Wariner
ISBN-10 1250077702
ISBN-13 9781250077707
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Flatiron Books
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A riveting deeply affecting true story of one girls coming of age in a polygamist family RUTH WARINER was the thirty ninth of her fathers 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 Ruths fatherthe man who had been the founding prophet of the colonyis 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 Ruths 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 familys beliefs and question her mothers 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 The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girls fight for peace and love This is an intimate gripping tale of triumph courage and resilience

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