19 January 2008

5. Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

This was an excellent book. Additionally, I cannot think of another more surprising one. I have read many books about different religious cultures and thought I was fairly educated about the experiences of plural wives. However, the lives descirbed by Irene Spencer were often shocking and sad. At the age of sixteen, Irene was married to a young man of the LeBarron "clan". She ultimately shared her husband with eight other women with a total of 58 children. For most of her married life, Irene lived in abject poverty. While she railed against her life in Mexico, Central America, and the western United States, she was a good mother and friend. Through her detailed story, the reader learns a great deal about the Mormon fundamentalist faith as it still exists today. It is amazing that Irene was able to live through her experiences to go on and marry a non-Mormon after the death of her husband. Today her life is her large family with many her husband, grand children and great grand children.

TITLE: Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
AUTHOR: Irene Spencer
PAGES: 383
TYPE: Non-Fiction
RECOMMEND: Yes, this was an amazing story of one woman's life in polygamy and exposed the sacrifices and challenges she, and other second wives, continue to endure.

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