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    Carolyn Jessop(Author) Laura Palmer(Author)

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The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn’s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband’s psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

Carolyn’s every move was dictated by her husband’s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse—at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife’s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name.

Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop’s flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. And in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

""Escape" provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the United States. The story Carolyn Jessop tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in 21st-century America. But Jessop s courageous, heart-wrenching account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction." Jon Krakauer, Author of "Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, " and" Into the Wild """Escape provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the United States. The story Carolyn Jessop tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in 21st-century America. But Jessop's courageous, heart-wrenching account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction."--Jon Krakauer, Author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air,and Into the Wild --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Rofrano on 25 July 2008

    This is a truly frightening book, which shows the appalling lengths people subvert so-called religion for their own ends, but also an extremely gripping one. You see how brainwashing can lead people into believing the most terrible tosh. Thankfully Carolyn managed to escape, but there are hundreds more left behind without hope of a decent life (and part of the problem is that they don't really know what a decent life is). Perhaps even more amazing and disgraceful is the apparent collusion of the USA authorities in allowing such practices to continue.

  • By am henderson on 8 August 2017

    Amazing woman, words cannot express my admiration for her - to escape an abusive husband, sister wives and cult, with all her children and work towards such a positive and inspiring outcome - actually cried at the kindness of people who helped her through this.

  • By Maude on 17 June 2013

    A friend told me about this book so I decided to purchase it and thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I can recommend it.

  • By Guest on 18 July 2017

    This book is unputdownable!

  • By M. Ash on 5 May 2008

    Having heard Carolyn Jessop on Radio 4 earlier this year I was intrigued to read her book. This is not one of the run of the mill battered wife books - far from it. What shines through is the bravery and courage of one woman who in the face of seemingly insummountable odds, continued to fight for her life and those of her children too - she never gave up - never. It is also an honest insight into a way of life so far removed from modern day America. One of those books I couldn't put down, totally captivating. I hope that some of the women currently dealing with the challenges at the YFZ ranch in Texas have the courage to read her words and follow her lead to a better life. And, I hope this makes the American authorities sit up and do more to help the victims of this awful regime.


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