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Escape Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Seventeen years after being forced into a polygamous marriage, Jessop escaped from the cultlike Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints with her eight children. She recounts the horrid events that led her to break free from the oppressive world she knew and how she has managed to survive since escaping, despite threats and legal battles with her husband and the Church. Though sometimes her retelling overflows with colorful foreshadowing and commentary on how exceptional she is, the everyday details she reveals about this polygamous society are devastating and tragic. Frasier delivers Jessop's words in a soft voice that develops intriguingly from an innocent and naïve tone into a more assertive and self-confident one that mirrors Jessop's journey. She maintains the same rhythm, but through the inspired words of the text, she really embraces Jessop's persona. The bonus telephone interview with Jessop on the final disc suffers from poor sound quality and, unfortunately, doesn't add any new information. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover.
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"Escape provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the United States. 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 Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild
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This was the strange world Carolyn Jessop had to escape from once Warren Jeffs became prophet. For Carolyn and many others, Warren Jeffs' leadership began to border into Jim Jones' territory-no dancing, internet, tv, or newspapers. Free thought and higher education resulted in excommunication. The most insidious practice of all was Warren Jeffs' foray into pedophilia, with him taking wives as young as 12.
Fed up with the cult and Worrying that her 12-year old would be one of Warren Jeffs' next wife, Carolyn Jessop escaped. With the help of her family and organizations assisting those who are fleeing polygamous cults, Jessop is the only person known to leave the FDLS with her all her children.
Carolyn Jessop's story was disturbing, but its written format leaves the reader discombobulated. It's hard to wrap your head around a cult as strange and as bizarre as the FLDS. A cult where women are dressed like intergalactic visitors from Little House on the Prairie, circa 1865. The backbiting nature of the "sister bitches and hos," who compete to have sex with their husband and who work at being highly favored to him. The casting of less favored wives into serfdom, the abject poverty, and abuse. The throngs of pathetic kids, and a whole community of people who are either mentally handicapped or mentally ill.
The FLDS isn't about god or being faithful. It's a contortion of the Mormon faith so men have power over women and can have sex with children. There. I said it.
Escaoe could have easily been edited by 100 pages. It reads like a diary, and many parts of the book were just dragged on. "Escape" is a harrowing tale wrought with a fair amount of courageousness along with ad naseum.
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