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Escape

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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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    Roxy 10-22-16
    Roxy 10-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Unbelievable"

    I like the way this was delivered. The facts and how women and men both felt about the FLDS. Great book to listen to. Loved the narrator.

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    Daylon 09-26-16
    Daylon 09-26-16
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    "Amazing story!"

    You are truely amazing Caroline! It is hard to believe that this srill exists in our society but its women like you that can the rest a voice to speak. through out it all you never gave up!

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    Paulette 08-28-16
    Paulette 08-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    It was a great story! I really loved Carolyn Story! You luve her story with her! :-)

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    Kate Goguen 08-25-16
    Kate Goguen 08-25-16
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    "Such an inspiring read"

    This story kept me listening to the point where I would be at work just waiting to get home so I could finish it!

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    barb new mexico 06-14-16
    barb new mexico 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The life of Carolyn jessop and what she had to go through"

    This book really open my eyes I had no idea that this was going on in the world I feel so sorry for all the women that have to live in that world and how they are brought up to think that that is what they have to do they are so brainwashed and it was a very intriguing book

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    Lori James 06-09-16
    Lori James 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What an amazing story of survival!"

    This book is amazing! I found myself not being able to pause it for any reason. The strength of Carolyn Jessop is extraordinary. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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    Carrie Guillory 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No words"

    I loved this book; parts are incredibly hard to hear. The emotional abuse these people endure is disgusting, but what a strong woman she is unlike many of the others there. The manipulation and backlash among wives is unbelievable. Knowing she accomplished something and her life is better was what kept me going. I am so proud of her actions. I will be reading hey next book. What an eye opener.

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    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-04-16
    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-04-16
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    "amazing"

    The beginning is difficult to follow in parts. Some storylines are difficult to follow but when discussing such large polygamous families it by definition is difficult to follow.

    Overall a very compelling and amazing story.

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    Deana Davidson 03-30-16
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    If you could sum up Escape in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, sad, and inspiring.


    What other book might you compare Escape to and why?

    Just from recent experience, I guess I can only compare it to "I am Malala" because it tells the story of woman with astounding courage through her own words.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    She spoke for the Author flawlessly. For the most part I forgot that it wasn't the Author speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Woman finds Miraculous Courage to Break Free of a Cult.


    Any additional comments?

    Its amazing that this woman was born with a level of intelligence, courage and Self-Respect that enabled her to break free from this cult that she was born into along with her children.

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    Linda 02-20-16
    Linda 02-20-16
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    "Shocking"

    My eyes have been opened to the horror and terror suffered by Carolyn and her lovely kids....I cried right along with her as i listened to her story!! Carolyn you are so inspirational, strong and independent...I wish I could hug you right now!! Now I want to read more about the FLDS cult!!!!
    I have recommended this book to many people!!

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