The Sound of Gravel

The Sound of Gravel

A Memoir

eBook - 2016
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An instant New York Times bestseller

"A haunting, harrowing testament to survival." -- People Magazine


"An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community." -- New York Magazine

"Unforgettable" -- Entertainment Weekly

The thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel , she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family's fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.

Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781250077714
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lindsaycostello
May 17, 2018

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.

ArapahoeKayla Mar 15, 2018

An incredible memoir I could not put down. So shocking you can't help getting attached to the author and her family and hanging on her every word to see what happens to them all.

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thelibrarylush
Jan 22, 2018

I highly recommend listening to this on audio, as the author reads it. However, having the author read it does add to the intensity of the story. Overall, a wonderful read on family and human resiliency.

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riverbedp
Jan 03, 2018

Yes to what srbosman wrote in Oct 2016, apt commentary. Strong triggers for FatherGod and HusbandTyrant oppression. This child has remarkable resilience to come out of growing-up as such a good person. Worth a read, lots of action and interaction between kinfolk.

In her memoir Ruth Wariner recounts her childhood growing up in a polygamous community in Mexico. While the book can be very dark at times, Ruth's love and devotion to her siblings shine through. This is a quick read, but a very troubling topic. The teachings of Ruth's church encouraged polygamy and many of these families were very large, but poor. An interesting read and eye opening read.

JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

The author gives a candid account of her early childhood & teenage years growing up in a polygamist colony. This book gives readers a behind the scenes look into the trials & tribulations of the people living polygamy’s struggle to remain faithful. The reader develops a relationship with Ruthie through the challenges she endures with her step-father & taking care of the needs of her younger siblings. This is an inspiring tale of a young girl finding her place in the world & overcoming the situations that threaten to hold her back.

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asoria
Jun 15, 2017

A very well composed memoir. She creates a clear image for readers that effectively portrays the pain, sadness, and joys of her childhood. The book moves quickly; definitely the type of book you'll stay up late reading because you can't go to bed not knowing. In many ways this book reminded me of The Glass Castle.

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Daylight62
Jan 03, 2017

Very well written and interesting memoir. Story of a very strong, selfless girl/young woman dealing with poverty, family disfunction and abuse within a polygamist colony.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 17, 2016

Heartbreaking, devastating and often painful, Wariner's story is worth a read.

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cardigramma
Sep 29, 2016

This was a hard book to read since it details the authors abuse by her step-father.

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