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Escape - Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
Escape
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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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780767927567 (0767927567)
Publisher: Broadway
Pages no: 413
Edition language: English
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honeyw
honeyw rated it
4.0 Escape
So interesting!! I needed to read a "nonfiction" book for 2015 Book Challenge. I picked this one because I find different religions, especially the extreme, so fascinating! I learned so much that I had no idea about. The struggles for Carolyn were so out there, I don't know how I would have made i...
TsalagiWriter
TsalagiWriter rated it
5.0 Escape by Carolyn Jessop
Carolyn was born 1968 in a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints community, which practices polygamy. A man having another wife was not an unusual thing in Carolyn's world.The religion she was raised in taught that men needed more than one wife to get to the higher levels of Hea...
Michael's Book Babble
Michael's Book Babble rated it
5.0 Oustanding... Chilling... Courageous...
Very hard to put in words. I feel no review I could give would give this remarkable tale the slightest bit of justice. Carolyn Jessop's story about being forced into a plural marriage, along with living in a compound where your every single move was watched is fascinating, heart-breaking, and terrif...
caseyreads
caseyreads rated it
Escape is a great insight into the lives of FLDS. However, this memoir focuses much on Carolyn Jessop's own personal experiences, rather than attempting to portray a complete picture of the community. Carolyn's dynamic, struggling relationships with her sister wives, stepchildren, and other FLDS mem...
Bonnie Read a Book Today
Bonnie Read a Book Today rated it
5.0 Escape
I decided to read this after reading National Geographic's Jan-2010 issue which featured a piece the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. It's a remarkably clear and articulate look at a group that, if Carolyn Jessop's story is even half-true, falls somewhere between Jonestown and the Third Reich on th...
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