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Maximum Shelf Awareness: THE SOUND OF GRAVEL

MaxShelf-SoundOfGravelEarlier this week, Maximum Shelf Awareness featured one of our favorite memoirs of the winter season: THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner.

This remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult is reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE and ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup.

“THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is straightforwardly told, in chronological order and with little lyrical adornment. Its power lies in the facts of the story, which is deeply affecting both in its horrors and in its redemptive conclusion. At the end, when Ruth saves herself and her sisters by escaping Colonia LeBaron, she has earned the reader’s sympathy and respect, and an identity beyond that of survivor.” — Shelf Awareness

“This well-written book is hard to put down and hard to forget.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Click here to read the full Shelf Awareness summary, review and fascinating interview with Ruth Wariner.

Librarians across the country can’t put it down!


THE SOUND OF GRAVEL will be available from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio on January 5, 2016.

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