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Escape by Carolyn Jessop
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Apr 08, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, 2008, memoir

This book is intense but completely riveting; I had a hard time putting the book down. The writing in it may not have been the best prose, but it was written in a way that drew me in immediately and kept my attention throughout the whole story. What amazed me most about this book is that it's a true story! I can't even begin to comprehend the life the author led, being married to a 50 year old man at the age of 18 as his fourth wife, having 8 children with him, dealing with he whole FLDS religion, and trying to break out from there with her children and start a new life outside of the compound. The amount and magnitude of problems she faced amazed me, and each chapter gave me a little more insight as to why events happened as they did, providing me with the background for their beliefs and problems with so much of the implementation. I am shocked that such lives are lived in the USA today! I kept thinking, how could this possibly be? How could people act so horrific to each other - especially to another in the name of religion! - within this country? Even worse, there is (or at least was) little recourse for victims of abuse because of the culture and the system in place. I am amazed by the author's willpower and determination to press on to make a better life for herself and her children, even though doing so turned her back on the community she'd grown up in and caused a great deal of stress and turmoil for everyone. I would be very interested to read a book by the author in 10 years, detailing where her life is then and how her children are doing.
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