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Escape | [Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer]

Escape

When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 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.
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Publisher's Summary

When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 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. Over the next 15 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 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. But in 2003 Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children.

Escape exposes a world that is tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. 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 its notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

©2007 Visionary Classics, LLC; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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 Into Thin Air and Into the Wild)

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    Mary Iowa City, IA, United States 08-21-10
    Mary Iowa City, IA, United States 08-21-10
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    "Lousy reader"

    This is a fascinating story altho not real well written. But the reader is pretty bad. She has a juvenile voice, overenunciates and acts as though she's in a speech contest rather than reading a real life thriller.

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    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
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    "Excellent, but sad tale."

    I really enjoyed this book. Like so many others, I probably would not have found it had the church not been in the news. And as I said in another review, the Bible teaches us that polygamy never ends well -- for anyone.

    I admire Carolyn. She seems like the kind of person who would be a good friend to have. I wish her all the best.

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    Michelle S. Harkavy Memphis, TN USA 09-19-08
    Michelle S. Harkavy Memphis, TN USA 09-19-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "Gripping"

    I really enjoyed this book. The reader was really good. Very informative and a good inside view of the FLDS.

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    Dawn Carryl 09-08-08
    Dawn Carryl 09-08-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Unforgetable"

    I will never forget this book. An amazing story and am so glad that Carolyn shared this with all of us. It really made me feel like she was a regular person like you or me (someone you could really be comfortable around and with). The way she told everything was so real and honest.

    I hope she is doing well and am so glad that she was able to be blessed, by yes, God, to have been given this honourable path in life.

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    "Distrubing"

    Very eye-opening.

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    J Kasper Inland Empire, CA 03-26-08
    J Kasper Inland Empire, CA 03-26-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Escape"

    Great, interesting listen.

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 01-13-08
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 01-13-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    This book was one of the top two I have "read" through Audible. It was riveting from the first and maintained my interest all the way through.
    I have given only two books a 5 and this is one of them.

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    Catherine 01-09-08
    Catherine 01-09-08
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    "Hard to imagine"

    I found the book well written and riveting. I was glued to my ipod til I finished it. I found it hard to imagine that in this day and age this type of marriage still takes place. The story was interesting about how this woman escapes. I guess for me the amazing part was that she "needed" to escape and how hard this is if you are in this group.

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