The Sound of Gravel – Book Review

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner


The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in a 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.

The book was the second book choice from my book club and honestly I did not know what to expect. Other memoirs I have read have not been the greatest, but being who I am, I will read any genre, whether or not I have enjoyed books in the genre. This book was excellent. It’s probably one of the most heart wrenching, page turning memoir I have ever read. I must warn you that there are some heavy topics in this book, I did have to put it down a few times and take a sort of break, and there were many times that I did cry while reading about Ruth Wariner’s life.

This novel is about Ruth and how she grew up in a polygamist family in Mexico. It is about the life and violence that she experienced. This was unlike anything I have ever read before but I’m glad I did. Although it was at times difficult to read, it was also difficult to put down. The book took me no time at all to read. It is a story of great strength and courage and I definitely recommend it, it’s 100% worth the read.

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