Evening Book Club: The Sound of Gravel
The Evening Book Club meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Public Library This month's title will be The Sound of Gravel, a memoir by Ruth Wariner.
Wariner, whose deceased father had 42 children, grew up in a polygamous Mormon cult town in Mexico. Even though it was the 1970s, having electricity and plumbing in the house was a struggle, and many of her siblings were developmentally disabled, and Ruth had to care for them. Her family moved often—California, Texas, New Mexico, and back to Mexico when all else failed. Schooling wasn't important, but learning how to make fresh bread and to clean house for her future husband was. In honest, posttherapy fashion, Ruth explains how her mother didn't divorce her stepfather after physical spousal abuse and repeated sexual abuse of his daughters; the girls were supposed to forgive him instead. With no self-pity, Ruth doesn't apologize for her mother's actions—she is grateful for the love of her mother and siblings, though she knows that escaping their stepfather is what ultimately saved them.
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