The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir Review

A riveting, deeply-affecting true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist cult.

Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned 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 her 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 Ruth 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 true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

Title:The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

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  • Anna LeBaron

    The Sound of Gravel is RIVETING. I read it in two sittings and could hardly put it down until I had read the last page. It was like she was telling my own story, because in many ways she was. We both ...

  • Diane S ?

    My heart goes out to this young woman for her honesty, strength and courage in the writing of this memoir. I, no matter how much I read, will ever understand the mindset of women who join or become in...

  • Elyse Walters

    Ruth Wariner's memoir about her childhood should come with a warning:GUARANTEED to keep you awake during sleeping hours. Ruth grew up in LeBaron, Mexico....a small town in the Mexican countryside 200 ...

  • Esil

    Geez Louise! This is a heartbreaking memoir that made me sad and mad over and over again. Ruth Wariner's mother was a member of the LeBaron Mormon fundamentalist church based in Mexico. Ruth was the f...

  • Cheri

    The rest of us followed silently, watching and listening as Mom took a wide step over the highway shoulder and onto the dirt road, the gravel crunching beneath her footsteps, the sound of home.The Chu...

  • Suzanne Leopold

    https://suzyapproved.wordpress.com/20...https://www.facebook.com/Suzy-Approve...id you ever wonder about those who were raised in a polygamist community? The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner is a first...

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    The Sound of Gravel is in the running for my favorite book club read this year! (Bull Mountain is the other pick I really enjoyed.) It is Ruth Warnier's memoir about her poverty stricken childhood in ...

  • Kalen

    What a fantastic book. Anyone who knows my reading style knows that I'm not a huge fan of memoir. Honestly, I think most people who have written them are either too young or (and I don't think there's...

  • Kristy K

    4.5 StarsThis is so disturbing, awful, heartbreaking, upsetting and a myriad of other negative emotions. What Ruth Wariner went through while growing up in a Mormon polygamist community (commune) was ...

  • Diane Yannick

    Oh good heavens above. I read this book voraciously, ignoring the rest of my life completely. Ruth Wariner's courage is inconceivable. She grew up in a fanatical Mormon polygamist Doomsday cult in Mex...