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Escape

Format:  Paperback,

426 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2008

ISBN-13: 9780767927574

ISBN-10: 0767927575

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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.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2008
ISBN-13: 9780767927574
ISBN-10: 0767927575
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 426
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.25

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome Book You'll never want to put this one down! From the very beginning it had my attention - unlike others that take too long before they become interested. My grandmother agrees this is the best one she has read this year! Happy Reading!!!!! 02/13/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great book I loved this book. It is amazing how this people raise their children and how some of those children are able to escape and keep on going. I never knew as much of the FLDS as I do now. I am hooked on reading all I can about this subject and the subject of polgamy. 03/27/2009
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