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The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
by Ruth Wariner

Published: 2016-01-05
Hardcover : 352 pages
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A riveting, deeply affecting 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 ...

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A riveting, deeply affecting 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 man who had been 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, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

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by showmekk (see profile) 05/04/20
Polygamy is not something I knew much about which is why I found this so interesting. Even after reading it's hard to believe polygamy still exist in this world. Living with practically nothing, no electricity, hardly any food is upsetting to me. The beliefs that Men can father as many children as they want and not be responsible for them discuss me. And how women allow this makes no sense to me. Ruthie was a very special person, caring for her mother and sibling with all her love. The lives that she loss is terrible. I'm glad she was strong enough to pull through and get her education and finally marry.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 06/21/21

Once again, religion is used to manipulate one for another’s gain. These polygamous cult leaders use the “teachings” of the Bible to control and both mentally and physically abuse women. Some of... (read more)

 
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  "the sound of gravel"by Carolynr (see profile) 02/20/19

very similar to Glass Castle. It is very sad that there are true stories like this and that there are people who can relate to this. I'm glad that the author could forgive her mother for a... (read more)

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