The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner
This book was a “wow!” read. It is Ruth Wariner’s account of her family’s life in a polygamist Mormon cult founded by her grandfather in 1944. The family lives on a farm in rural Mexico outside the small town of LeBaron, in what is known as The Colony. Ruth is 39th in a family of 42 children, and she knows no other life. Ruth’s life changes as she is raised in Mexico and the United States, while her stepfather works odd jobs and her mother collects welfare for her children. As Ruth matures, she begins to yearn for a life outside the polygamist community, but she struggles to reconcile that with her love for her siblings-how can she leave them behind?
You will also learn of her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy, and her determination to change her life for the better. I enjoyed this book as it really pulls at your heartstrings as Ruth struggles to handle the many changes in her family life. This memoir is a riveting one—you’ll find it hard to put down.
The Metro Library Network has the book available in hardcover and audio formats.
Dawn Cline, Outreach Coordinator