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Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer

  • Mar 26, 2008 · 7:00 PM
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We will be reading Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer. Just as A Mormon Mother is the standout memoir of a 19th-century polygamous woman's life, this autobiography offers the compelling voice of a contemporary plural wife's experiences. Daughter of a second wife, Spencer was raised strictly in the Principle as it was lived secretly and illegally by fringe communities of Mormon fundamentalists?groups that split off from the LDS Church when it abandoned polygamy more than a century ago. In spite of her mother's warnings and the devotion of a boyfriend with monogamist intentions, Spencer followed her religious convictions?that living in polygamy was essential for eternal salvation?and became a second wife herself at the age of 16 in 1953. It's hard to tell which is more devastating in this memoir: the strains of husband-sharing with?ultimately?nine other wives, or the unremitting poverty that came with maintaining so many households and 56 children. Spencer's writing is lively and full of engaging dialogue, and her life is nothing short of astonishing. After 28 years of polygamous marriage, Spencer has lived the last 19 years in monogamy. Her story will be emotional and shocking, but many readers will resonate with the universal question the memoir raises: how to reconcile inherited religious beliefs when they grate against social norms and the deepest desires of the heart.

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(2) drinks for 10 people
(3) dessert
(2) salad
(2) fruit
(4) appetizer
(4) dish with protein (including vegetarian)

Time Tested has copies of this book. They give us a 10% discount.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a special treat for our little book group to have the author herself, AND her granddaughter, honor us with her presence!! It was so wonderful to hear from Irene and Brandy first-hand. Irene is an amazing woman!

    March 27, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't believe what Irene has gone through in her life and still remain so grounded- what an awesome surprise to have her and Brandy there with us!

    March 27, 2008

  • Stephanie

    It was great to hear from Irene and Brandy. I loved reading the book!

    March 27, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    This meeting was great. I feel very lucky & honored to have been able to hear Irene and Brandy speak. I can't wait to read her future books!

    March 27, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved hearing from Irene.....she was a kick!

    March 27, 2008

  • kris

    Thank you to Irene and Brandy! It was fascinating hearing from you both!

    March 27, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the book! It captivating & intriguing. I couldn't put it down. Great choice! It has led me to order other books on this subject as well (polygamy).

    March 27, 2008

  • Abigayle

    What an honor it was to have Irene Spencer, author of Shattered Dreams, join us and share more about her remarkable life as a polygamist's wife. Her strength and humor are inspirational.

    March 26, 2008

  • Abigayle

    What a privilege it is to have Irene Spencer join us! If anyone has a copy of 5 Quarters of an Orange that they'd like to sell me to cheap at this meeting, please let me know!

    March 25, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very excited to that Irene Spencer will be there! I couldn't put this book down so I am very eager to here what she has to say.

    March 21, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so excited that Irene Spencer will be there! I can't wait to hear what she has to say.

    March 20, 2008

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