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The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2016)

av Ruth Wariner (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
Medlem:richorlin
Titel:The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
Författare:Ruth Wariner (Författare)
Info:Flatiron Books (2016), 352 pages
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this is a very well written memoir of a woman growing up in a polygamist cult.. She lived in a very dysfunctional family, but has been able to finally achieve a good life. Very strong woman who along with many others endured horrific trauma for many years. ( )
  loraineo | Jun 18, 2021 |
As someone fascinated by the plight of women and children in fundamentalist religions, I started reading this book within hours of hearing about its existence. I've read several books written by survivors of fundamentalist Mormon sects (cults) and, while often thought-provoking, they are not usually well-written, owing undoubtedly to the authors' lack of education. Ruth Wariner's "The Sound of Gravel" was a surprising exception to that rule and I enjoyed the simple, eloquent writing and the pace of her story a great deal.

Because I hope you will read it for yourself and the story has enough interest and suspense to really hook readers, I will spare you any spoilers in my review. Instead, I will just say that the story depicts a lot of what you probably expect if you've ever heard anything about the lives of women and children inside similar sects; there's a great deal of poverty, some of it shocking and some of it commonplace, and there's abuse in all its myriad forms. There are also many unexpected details; for example, the women of Ms. Wariner's particular religious sect enjoyed a great deal more freedom than women in some of the other, more well-known Mormon Fundamentalist cults. But more than that, this is a story of strength and quiet dignity living right alongside weakness and complete self-debasement. I found myself wishing it was a novel; not only so that Ms. Wariner would have been spared the trials of her childhood, but because I became deeply interested in the minds of her mother and siblings and wanted, desperately, to know more of their thoughts and feelings.

My only complaint about it is that it isn't long enough. Ms. Wariner chose to end her story suddenly when she finally made her escape from the life of religious poverty and abuse; the rest of her life's story is simply sketched out in the epilog. The sudden ending took me by surprise and I would really love to know about how the children coped outside of their upbringing. This is the story of the author's childhood and her escape from fundamentalism, it isn't her life's story. But it is still a wonderful read and I would encourage anyone with any interest in its main topics to read it. I don't think you would regret the decision to do so.

After you read (AFTER!) do check the author's website where she has a lovely photo gallery of family photos available to view. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
This was the August book for one of my book clubs (I’m delayed in posting this review). One of my favorite things about book clubs is that they push me out of my reading comfort zone. I haven’t read many memoirs, but I’m learning to appreciate and enjoy them. Especially when they are as well written as The Sound of Gravel.

It’s a heartbreaking look at a side of polygamy I’ve never seen before. My “knowledge” of polygamy up to this point has pretty much only consisted of Sister Wives on TLC. The Sound of Gravel could not be more different. Ruth Wariner holds nothing back when describing her childhood as part of a polygamist group in Mexico, revealing the abuse not only she but her mother (and others) suffered at the hands of her stepfather in such detail it is difficult to read. But it is worth reading. There is so much to learn from this book and its author.

I only gave it 3 stars because there are parts that drag on and others that could use some more depth, and it’s hard to figure out an exact timeline for things, but I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about different lifestyles and relationships. ( )
  kiaweathersby | Sep 16, 2020 |
Wow. This was an amazing and well written memoir. It was both a fascinating and heartbreaking look into Ruthie's struggles growing up in a Morman polygamous community. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who enjoyed The Glass Castle. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
Powerful and important story. That being said, the writing and editing were both very weak. The text was tediously descriptive and monotonous, with lots of areas in which a good editor could have really helped. The writing was noticeably bad enough to detract from an otherwise enthralling and horrifying story. Many scenes, based on Ruth’s young childhood, felt far too detailed and fact-based to have been accurately remembered. Repetition was a common thread, with many paragraphs going over and over the same information.

The end scene, when Ruth prepares to get married, felt like a lackluster fairy tale that cheapened the otherwise strong message about the horrors that a misogynistic culture enacted on her family. Instead of gaining insight into Ruth’s experience raising her brothers and sisters on her own, the reader is offered a rushed description of her monogamous husband and floral arrangements as a consolation prize for having made it through hundreds of pages of details on the family’s abusive upbringing. Ruth’s brother Matt, positioned as a low-key hero throughout the book, is revealed to have become a polygamist himself, one of many reasons the outcome of the book felt unsatisfying.

I am empowered by Ruth’s strength and resilience, but wouldn’t recommend this book.
  lindsaycostello | Jul 30, 2020 |
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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.

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