Title: The Polygamist’s Daughter
Author: Anna LeBaron with Leslie Wilson
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: An ARC from Tyndale in exchange for a impartial review.
Plot Basics: Anna LeBaron grew up in a Polygamist’s family, one of the daughters of the cult Leader Ervil LeBaron. In this memoir, she relays the her story of what it was like to live as a child of a sister-wife.
Banter Points: Anna’s telling of her story is beautiful and poignant. The struggle of never enough, stuffed down feelings, and being shuttled from family to family is heart-wrenching. Reading about the separation she faced with her mother made me want hug my kids extra that night.
The amazing to me part is how the families slide under the radar. At one point the FBI has raided the house, and the kids have been trained to say nothing more than “I don’t know” to any question asked. Even innocent ones like “Are you hungry?” It’s a huge red flag and it amazes me how the adults of this world kept the kids in this situation by running from place to place.
I think what impressed me the most was the brilliant cover for this book. A picture of LeBaron as a child is on the cover with censor bars over her eyes and mouth. LeBaron breaks the “don’t talk, don’t tell” rule common for abusive families by speaking out as an adult.
Bummer Points: I was not familiar with this story prior to reading LeBaron’s book. The various family names and individuals got blurry to me at times. A family tree would have been nice.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Buy a copy (or preorder since it is available in March 2017) and read it. You’ll appreciate the type of change one person can make by speaking out.