Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

My Life as A Polygamist's Wife

Book - 2007
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Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife at age 16. When the government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch. They lived in squalor and desolate conditions in the Mexican desert with Verlan's four brothers, one mentally ill sister, and numerous wives and children--Irene herself bore thirteen. The dramatic story of her life, and her escape to an outside world for which she was little prepared, reveals how far religion can be stretched and abused and how one woman and her children found their way to truth and redemption.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2007.
ISBN: 9781599951584
1599951584
9781599957197
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Characteristics: viii, 385 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Staggerwing
Feb 16, 2014

Sad. Disgusting. Outrageous. Incredible. Nauseating. Believable.

Irene Spence suffered over a quarter of a century in a plural marriage before she finally came to realize she needed to follow her own common sense.

This cult has and still is destroying the lives of young women and children. And it's being supported by the American taxpayers. Places of rescue should be created to give these severely abused women a safe place to seek shelter.

Hard to stomach but a necessary read.

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jcjen
Jan 25, 2012

true story, many details describing events linking BC, USA and Mexico. Very impacting and gives you an understanding as to why the women stay. Brave woman to write this book.

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Scootermom
Jul 05, 2011

This is a very detailed account of the first few decades of the life of a God-fearing Mormon young woman. While the story is certainly fascinating material for those not familiar with the Mormon beliefs of plural marriage, the tragic events experienced by the author become somewhat repetitive in their description. Only a few remarks at the beginning and in the final chapters of the book show the author's change of heart regarding her faith, when she realizes that the core principles are based on inequality between men and women. It seems almost unbelievable that the author's abject poverty, deplorable health conditions, while suffering through a dozen or so pregnancies and births, is something that was experienced by a woman in twentieth century North America.

mattsam Jul 04, 2011

Interesting look into the lifestyle..well written but a sad story

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