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The Sound of Gravel, Ruth Wariner’s New Memoir

Ruth Wariner’s powerful new memoir The Sound of Gravel is not your average coming-of-age story.
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Ruth Wariner’s powerful new memoir THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is not your average coming-of-age story.

It’s the first book written from the second generation’s perspective of the “Mormon Manson” lineage of the LeBaron family, whom Jon Krakauer wrote about in Under the Banner of Heaven. Ruth’s father, Joel LeBaron, was murdered by order of his younger brother, Ervil, due to a power struggle within their fundamentalist Mormon church. Ruth was Joel’s 39th child, and was just three months old when he was killed.

Flash forward to the publication of Ruth’s memoir when a cousin she had never before met learned of the book. Anna LeBaron—a daughter of Ervil, currently living in the Dallas area—noticed the book mentioned on Twitter, reached out, and rallied her national network of book bloggers to help with the launch. Since THE SOUND OF GRAVEL opens with the murder of Joel, which Ervil orchestrated just a generation prior, their reunion over this book launch is an incredible one.

Learn more about Ruth and Anna’s reunion, and how they’ve both been able to reinvent their lives as modern, ambitious women outside the polygamist communities they grew up in this interview they did with Salon. And you can order a copy of The Sound of Gravel here: ruthwariner.com

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