Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer
My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

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Irene Spencer did as she felt God
commanded in marrying her
brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, becoming
his second wife. When the
government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous
Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona,
Irene and her family fled to
Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch.
They lived in squalor and desolate
conditions in the Mexican desert
with Verlan's six brothers, one sister,
and numerous wives and children.
Readers will be appalled and
astonished, but most amazingly,
greatly inspired. Irene's dramatic
story reveals how far religion can
be stretched and abused and how one woman and her
children found their way out, into truth and redemption.

About Irene Spencer

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Irene Spencer currently lives in Anchorage Alaska, with her husband Hector Spencer. During the 28 years of her first marriage to a polygamous husband, Irene gave birth to 13 children (all single births). She also adopted a newborn daughter, who became her ninth child. Irene has 121 grandchildren. She has 49 great-grandchildren. Among her many talents, she is an accomplished seamstress who sews for family and friends, she's a great cook and bakes pastries and homemade bread, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and has traveled to 23 foreign countries and 23 states.
Published August 22, 2007 by Center Street. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints banned the practice more than a century ago, but some communities of self-styled “Mormon fundamentalists” continue to practice “plural marriage.” In 1953, when the author was 16, she became the second wife of Verlan LeBaron, who was already married ...

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On Friday, July 3, 1953, Charlotte LeBaron placed the hand of her sister Irene Spencer into the hand of her husband, Verlan LeBaron.

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As a fan of HBO's Big Love, I picked up Shattered Dreams: My Life As a Polygamist's Wife with fascination — but was quickly turned off by the truly awful writing and by the dreary repetition of Irene Spencer's life.

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Nights and Weekends

She does not wax eloquent but instead pours all of her feelings and emotions into her writing, giving us a harsh, real portrayal of her life of subservience and obedience, neglect and poverty, following your head and following your heart, all in the name of “religion.”

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