The Sound of Gravel, by @ruthwariner | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a book club read, which means that it's usually something I wouldn't pick up on my own. Too often I find memoirs cloying and overly emotional, especially ones about traumatic childhoods (I know, it sounds terrible...). But this book, guys, THIS BOOK.
Basic summary: A polygamist cult. Mexico. The thirty-ninth daughter of her father's forty-two children. Abuse and redemption and an intimate coming of age story. And so much more: siblings and friendships and poverty and faith....
The longer I think about this book, the more it's affected me. It reads like a novel, although it's a memoir. Wariner handles her memories and those of her siblings with compassion and wisdom and, I think, a certain amount of tenderness for her childhood self - and I'm thankful she had that as she spent time revisiting and writing about her childhood.