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Escape [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Jessop , Laura Palmer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1587 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (Oct. 16 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WQ11GY
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This book is a window open on a world we don't really want to think about, but should. Polygamy still thrives in parts of the US and Canada, despite what most people assume. In an extremely closed community, Colorado City-Hildale, a woman is taught from infancy that the world at large (of which their knowledge is more than limited, it's along the lines of inexistent) is not only doomed, it's also evil because it doesn't practice The Principle. Here lies the core of their faith: being a plural wife is the highest fate there is. That knowledge is combined with the practice of 'perfect faith through perfect obedience' to her husband who, if he wants will pull her through the veil of the kingdom of God where her soul would live as one God's chosen. That one day the one mighty and strong would come and God's chosen would live through a thousand years of peace.

That's what Carolyn Jessop was brought up to believe.

That is not what she found. Reality was that if a woman doesn't keep sweet and isn't in perfect harmony with her husband and sister wives and isn't perfectly obedient to her husband and the favorite wife that woman is considered rebellious and is scorned by the community. That in such cases, every bad thing that came her way is God's way of punishing her. That a woman who isn't favoured (sexually, of course) would lead a miserable life. That a woman without a womb that produces babies is NOTHING. She isn't seen, She isn't heard, She isn't believed. She just isn't.

And that is the life you get to read about here. Simply, without frills, theatrics or writers tricks, we get the life of an amazingly strong, brave, resilient woman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FATHER KNOWS BEST... March 16 2009
By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is an excellent memoir that recounts the author's life as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a splinter breakaway group of the Mormon Church that still practices polygamy as a central tenet of its beliefs. Rejected by mainstream Mormons, these patriarchal fundamentalists live in a way that would seem aberrant to most Americans. The author's compelling story allows the reader an intriguing glimpse behind the closed doors of the lifestyle of this fundamentalist group.

The author, Carolyn Jessop, was born in 1968 into a family that had practiced polygamy for six generations on her mother's side, starting life In Hildale, Utah, a FLDS enclave. They later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when the author was about five, only to move a year later to Colorado City, Arizona, another FLDS enclave, where the public schools were staffed by teachers who were FLDS adherents. While the author describes what is like growing up in a FLDS household, the book focuses on the turn that her life took, when at the age of eighteen, her marriage was arranged and she found herself married to a total stranger, Willie Jessop, a fifty year old man with two other wives at the time.

The author recounts what is what like being the third wife in that polygamous household, which was filled with abuse, servitude, loneliness, and isolation. Miserable for years and hoping to break the cycle of polygamy for her children, who had been thoroughly indoctrinated in FLDS beliefs, the author finally did so in 2003, managing to take her eight children with her to freedom, but it was far from easy. Yet at the end of the day, the author was able to rebuild her life and give her children the tools to help them find their own destiny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read June 6 2008
I purchased this book as I have always been interested in multi-wive families and this book most certainly provided a good read. Carolyn went through so much during her time trying to be loyal to her faith.
I typically don't read much, but this book really snagged me and I would think it would do the same for just about anyone who has read it. I doubt you will be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave woman escaping breeder's prison March 2 2013
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The level of misogyny was even higher than I could have imagined. This woman was indeed very courageous to have even dreamt of escaping. Brainwash them constantly when they're young, make teenage mothers out of them, and you have the perfect set up for sexual and other slavery. Sick, sick, sick. These fanatic religious cults need to be dealt with once and for all. People must stop turning a blind eye to abuses in the name of religious freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read March 11 2012
What an eye-opener. Who guessed that slavery is still practiced in the US (and Canada).
Teach young people early enough not to think and they will believe anything. I think it ranks up there with 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Dennisovich'.
I have also read 'Triumph', her second book, equally fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing journey!! Jan. 28 2011
By Hanna
I finished reading this book in only a few days. It was hard to put it down!!! I applaud her courage to stand up for herself and her children, and hopefully her experience will encourage more women from this community to find her way of escape. God's hands were upon her during her way out and He will always be there for her and her family. God bless you, Carolyn.
If you're deciding if you should get this book, GET IT!! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! May 14 2011
This was an amazing story. Reading it is like culture shock to think of people living in "First World Countries" like the States and Cananda and these things going on its just mind boggling. Very inspirational story. When you think of all this woman has overcome defintely makes my life seem a lot easier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing and inspiring story! I'm so glad she got out and can't wait to read the follow up I see is available now.
Published 3 months ago by Camille
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information and a good read.
Fabulous read. I am fascinated with this culture and read or watch everything I can get my hands on. This book didn't let me down! Lots of information and a good read.
Published 11 months ago by Tina Ihas
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching story
Although an alleged true story, still hard to relate to to this reality existing literary at our back door. Read more
Published 11 months ago by betchy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
thought it dragged on with too much in fighting
Published 15 months ago by kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
In BC we have Bountiful and it's a bit of secrecy and intrigue so this was a great random pick. This book is a great read and really gives the reader an great insight into the... Read more
Published on May 29 2011 by C. Wilkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is my stuff?
I ordered this product months ago and I still have not recieved it. I am very unhappy!! Of course I was charged for it but I do not have it!
Published on April 14 2011 by Meggie
5.0 out of 5 stars First Hand insight into the world of a polygamist family life
I have read a handful of polygamist books, but this book 'Escape' leaves all others in the dust. It is a must read for everyone. It shows that we should appreaite what we have
Published on Feb. 11 2011 by Tooldusty
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
Excellent book. Her writing makes it seems like you are living in their community. It provides good insight into their culture. Easy to read writing style.
Published on Oct. 10 2010 by Ontario reader
5.0 out of 5 stars escape out of the rabbit hole
This is a well written biography about the trials and tribulations of Carolyn Jessop, a mother of eight who successfully escaped the throes of a cultist fundamental belief system... Read more
Published on May 30 2010 by Ronald W. Maron
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