Cannonball Read V: Book #12/52
4 stars: Very good. Would recommend.
I’ve read a few other books by people who escaped polygamy, but this one was unique in the face that Irene Spencer is my grandmother’s age. She literally spent almost her entire life on polygamy compounds in Mexico and other parts of Central America. Her mother left polygamy when Irene was a child, but even that didn’t keep Irene from re-entering the world of plural marriage. As a teenager, she left her monogamist fiance in the United States to marry her brother-in-law, Verlon, and be his second wife. He moved her and his first wife down to a compound in Mexico. From there, Irene’s life was a living hell of extreme poverty and the awful jealousy over Verlon’s eventual nine other wives. The wives ended up with a total of 58 children, with Irene having 13 of our own.