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The Polygamist’s Daughter embodies all three of those words.
Anna LeBaron is telling her story of escape from her father, Ervil LeBaron’s, violent polygamist cult. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here. This is a story that can only be told (justifiably so) by those who lived it. I’ll just say this: If LeBaron’s objective was to tell her story from the perspective of herself as a child, she and her contributing writer, Leslie Wilson, have accomplished that
Anna LeBaron, daughter of polygamist cult leader Ervil LeBaron, shares her remarkable upbringing in a poignant new memoir releasing March 21, 2017.
LeBaron writes from an adult perspective looking back, which gives the story a unique flavor compared to her cousin, Ruth Wariner, and her child-told perspective of escaping a different branch of the same polygamist family in 2016’s The Sound of Gravel. Both women tell heart-wrenching tales of hunger, abandonment, transient lifestyles, child labor an
Few stories have captured my interest so thoroughly that I read them all the way through into the wee hours of the morning, but from the very first words, I was heavily invested in Anna LeBaron’s story and its outcome…more so because it is a true story.
The vignettes of LeBaron’s young life in a polygamist cult were both difficult to read and awe inspiring. I myself have a school age son. Over and over, I kept picturing him in the same circumstances that LeBaron describes as her life, and my mo