Balancing Bountiful: What I Learned about Feminism from My Polygamist Grandmothers (Paperback)
As the daughter of Mormon leader Winston Blackmore, Mary Jayne Blackmore grew up within the closed-off polygamist community of Bountiful, BC. Her family’s staunch Fundamentalist Mormon faith imposed fanatical doomsday preparation and carried an instilled fear of the world outside her community. The church community split in 2002 when her father was revoked of his leadership position by Prophet Warren Jeffs. In 2017 Winston Blackmore was convicted of practicing polygamy, further inciting the media sensationalism and worldwide criticism that had surrounded Bountiful for decades. Through the evolving and controversial narrative of her young adult life, Mary Jayne was forced to redefine her faith, family, and womanhood for herself. From a childhood in an idyllic but sheltered community to early adulthood in an arranged marriage, ensuing divorce, and eventual return to Bountiful, Balancing Bountiful is Mary Jayne’s journey of coming of age and coming to terms with her background.
About the Author
Mary Jayne Blackmore was born and grew up in the polygamist community of Bountiful in rural British Columbia. She is the fifth child of Winston Blackmore’s one hundred and fifty children and had a church-assigned marriage four days before her seventeenth birthday. She gave birth to her two children before she was twenty years old, and started college at twenty-one. The young family moved frequently for her husband’s work and her studies, but their goal was always to return home to raise their children within the Bountiful community.