Best line ever from the book: (The police are at Flora's house, trying to get the two runaway girls and Flora is telling them off.) "Dude, I don't know...moreBest line ever from the book: (The police are at Flora's house, trying to get the two runaway girls and Flora is telling them off.) "Dude, I don't know where the hell these kids are, and if I did I would not tell you so you can betray them like the dozens of other children betrayed from Colorado City." Finally, they got tired of playing nice and started threatening me. "You tell us where these kids are at or we're going to handcuff you and take you to jail." "Fine handcuff me. Don't threaten me, cuff me." I held my hands out. "You mean you're actually willing to go to jail for these kids?" The cop was still trying to convince me to come clean. "It's not worth it Flora." "You don't get it do you? I stared straight in his eyes. I'm actually willing to lay my life down to protect these kids. How far would you go to protect kids?" Now they were getting nasty with me and I finally lost it. "You people seem to be under the impression that CPS stands for Child Protective Services but you know what I think? I think it stands for Can't Protect Sh*t!"
Flora is a hero. Physically and sexually abused herself, she ran away from the FLDS and dedicated the rest of her life to helping other people escape from the evil cult. The whole book, though a completely bizarre, stranger than fiction story... is believable except the weird Indian who supposedly helped her and then disappeared. I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, but it's just so far out there. It almost discredits the entire memoir and I would have left it out if I were writing the autobiography. But she chose to leave it in and I hope that others do not discredit her for it. She is also very outspoken which I love her for, but sometimes her passion and enthusiasm can get her in trouble with people. I do admire her fire! The world needs more people like her.
Word of warning: the rape scenes are VERY vivid and if you can't stomach it, skip it.(less)
This book is extremely well-written, intriguing, and inspiring as well as educational. I enjoyed reading about 19th century Iran and the courageous, b...moreThis book is extremely well-written, intriguing, and inspiring as well as educational. I enjoyed reading about 19th century Iran and the courageous, brave young Anahita who is a hero for young women. This book touched me very deeply in a personal way because at the time I read it, I was faced with a difficult decision of who I would marry, just as Anahita was. Anahita is a skilled weaver whose father has proposed she marry a man she does not love. She convinces him to allow her a test of wits. Whoever can solve her riddle which she has woven into her tapestry, then she will marry that man. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions that felt as though I were standing right there in her tent with her, experiencing what she experienced. I loved the parts where she interacted with the dyemaster as an apprentice. What a lovely story that is sure to be enjoyable for all ages!(less)