Polygamy In America
Susanna is the 23rd child of 46 children, the quintessential middle child. Growing up in a fundamentalist religious home shaped her life, her values, and her views on literally everything. Although she is no longer affiliated with any polygamous group on a religious level she is surrounded by family and friends who are practicing polygamists.
She is currently working on her second memoir detailing her marriage within the polygamous culture and what motivated her to leave. Another important theme in the second book is the impact of abuse on relationships and the ability to parent.
Susanna lives in Bluffdale Utah with her husband, six children and their dog.
“I was born to write this book. It is as if all the events of my life culminated to the moment I began writing it. From that point my life has sprung forward in directions I could never have anticipated and has brought me blessings I could only appreciate from this vantage point of my life. While it seems from the viewpoint of the past that my life was filled with heartache and tragedy from where I stand today I see it for the gift that it was. It was a moment in my life, it isn’t my life. I needed to write the book in order to see it differently. I became different by writing it.
That is not to say it wasn’t a difficult task to write the book. I traveled deep into the emotional pain of my past and turned over every rock and looked at every violation as if it were happening all over again. It was like creating an earthquake in a major metropolis. Buildings crashed, bridges collapsed and when I was finished my life was in crumbles. It was out of these crumbles that I reconstructed a new life. The life I was meant to create, just as I was meant to be the one that dismantled the old. In the end, I lived the life I was given so that I could write about it and in some way serve the world. In writing the book, I let the rotting parts of myself die and I asked the book to carry the emotional truth that my body could no longer hold.
I will write many books but this one will always be the threshold that I had to cross in order to write anything at all. It opened my mouth. It freed me. “
Susanna has been a keynote speaker for an abuse recovery group in Portland Oregon and most recently spoke at The Successful Mothering Convention. Ms. Barlow has been contacted by local polygamy groups one of them” Holding Out Help” and was asked to be in their DVD which is going out to churches and schools. In addition Susanna Barlow has been interviewed on Good Things Utah, across the nation on radio as well as Canada. Her book is getting into libraries in different states and also seen in Publishers Weekly.
We are aware her book is in other countries, South Africa, Pakistan, Turkey and Australia…those are ones we know of. National Geographic’s cover story for February “Polygamy in America” and also aired a documentary “Inside Polygamy: Life in Bountiful.” Susanna has family members in both areas featured in the article Colorado City and the documentary filmed in Bountiful Canada.
Susanna Barlow’s Memoir “What Peace There May Be”… Finalist in the Prestigious 2010 Indie Excellence Awards in the Memoir Category.
Young Susanna didn’t know anything other than the family environment that was created for her; a system without regard for society or man’s laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate was off-limits.
The isolation proved to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggled to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years of Susanna’s youth during which she struggled to come to terms with the conditions of her life.
This coming of age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tried everything she could think of to bring about the peace that always seemed out of reach.
In an impulsive moment and an act of daring, she contacted a newspaper journalist and found herself in a predicament that she never before considered. That decision became the impetus that propelled her to where she wanted to be and to finally find personal peace.
Although Ms. Barlow is no longer affiliated with any polygamous group on a religious level, she is surrounded by family and friends who are practicing polygamists. She says, “Although I suffered abuse at the hands of one of “the mothers”, I currently know many decent people who are living this lifestyle.”
Susanna Barlow is currently working on her second book. Ms. Barlow has been interviewed across the United States and Canada on radio, Good Things Utah, Keynote Speaker in Portland Oregon for an abuse recovery group, book clubs, approached by different polygamy groups helping transition those who have left. Susanna is married and the mother of six children, writer, author, painter, teacher and also has written plays. Her book is available at The King’s English, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You can order her book or contact Susanna on her website for speaking or asking questions. You also may join as a fan on her face book author site.
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Definition of Polygamy –
1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time. Also called plural marriage.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.
Courtesy of Free Dictionary.com
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