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Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer
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Jul 08, 12

Read in July, 2012

I've read other books about polygamy and the lifestyle but this is the first one that actually told the realistic day-to-day life of a "sister wife." The author was honest about her feelings and the severe poverty and emotional turmoil of living this kind of lifestyle. Though I was frustrated with her for choosing this life when she had other options, I found myself feeling great compassion for her and for her husband (though I didn't want to) because he was as much a pawn caught up in this false religion as she was. I could also sympathize with the abject poverty and feelings of hopelessness she described and I'm sure she wasn't alone in those feelings. She didn't seem to have a close connection to the other wives, to her husband, to other women in the religion, because of the constant fear of having to share her husband yet again. It was a good book and one I would recommend if you are trying to understand why and how people get caught up in what most of us would find to be "crazy" religious practices.
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