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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
January 5
Flatiron Books

Customer Reviews

madev20 ,

Wow, just wow

An unbelievable story written so beautifully by an incredible woman. It was so hard to put down that I read the last half in one sitting! A must read in my opinion. Inspiring and educating.

Amber H. 😜 ,

one of the best books i have ever read

i almost didn’t buy this book- and wow would that have been one of the worst decisions i could make. while not polygamous, or religious at all for that matter, this book taught me so many lessons about love, family, and hope. often times, as a society, we forget to appreciate the ones around us and take lots of things for granted. when my fully furnished, new house is “too cold” in the winter, i complain. seeing how ruth lived with no heating system and more remarkably, how she never complained, taught me a valuable lesson about gratitude. i also intend on being closer with family and telling them more often how much they mean to me. most importantly, hope. ruth’s ability to never give up despite sexism harassment and long days inspires me everyday. thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your childhood memories with me and other readers, but most importantly, teaching life lessons in a touching way. definitely one of my favorite books i have ever read. thank you.

Alice14140 ,


What a powerful, heart breaking, amazingly hopeful memoir. Absolutely incredible. Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your beautiful story, and for including the epilogue. 💓