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Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Escape (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Carolyn Jessop

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Authors:Carolyn Jessop
Info:Broadway (2007), Hardcover, 432 pages
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Escape by Carolyn Jessop (2007)

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    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Both books describe women trapped by religious dogma and how they struggle to break free.
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    Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer (itbgc)
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    Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs (schatzi)
    schatzi: both books deal with people who broke free from the FDLS cult
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    Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints by Sam Brower (rxtheresa)
    rxtheresa: Carolyn Jessop escaped from the FLDS so much of the same information is covered from a woman insider's point of view.

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The only really important impression I have from reading this book is: How much of Carolyn Jessop's story is actually true?

Yes, we know that the FLDS (not to be confused with LDS) church practices polygamy, that women are often married at a very young age, and that the families often have dozens of children. We know that the women are taught to obey their Preisthood Head, the husband, and that any talk, belief, action that is not in complete agreement with the husband is considered rebellious and the woman risks salvation and a place in heaven.

The book starts to lose it's credibility, for me anyway, as Carolyn describes the actual amount of abuse that went on in the Colorado City community. Babies being thrown across rooms. Mothers being beaten black and blue. Children being kicked across classrooms by the principal. It just seems that with that amount of abuse, that someone would have either died and/or the authorities would have eventually stepped in. Of course, Carolyn says that all the local police were all FLDS members and believed that anyone being abused was being beaten as her/his punishment for disobeying God.

Maybe the book loses credibility because it seems as if Ms. Jessop couldn't write about anything else. The book seems stretched for content. Sentences are repeated in a new chapter after first being written in a previous chapter as if the sentence was a brand new revelation for the reader.

Ms. Jessop makes her sister wives and the FLDS community in general seem obsessed with sex, who's getting it and who isn't. She says there is little unity between sister wives (women all married to the same man) and that they all jockey for his attentions and affections.

While the story she tells pulls at your heart strings, I do think it would be good for the reader to read this with the idea that this is completely told by Ms. Jessop's perspective.

The writing is poor. Very, very poor. Basic elementary writing. I guess this is to be able to draw any reader at any level to this book. At times, the writing seems almost like a junior high school girl's diary. In one chapter, Ms. Jessop declares to know what happens to another girl who is not a friend of hers (one of the "nusses") at a parent teacher conference. In my experience, parent teacher conferences were confidentital between the parent and the teacher, not the student's friends. How could Ms. Jessop possibly know what happened? Sure, someone may have told her what happened during the meeting, but how do we know it's the truth? Ms. Jessop makes it clear time and time again that the women and men in the FLDS community are not known for their trust worthiness as they often lie to each other about their neighbors and families so that his or her family may become more important in the community.

If you are dead set on reading this book, get it from the library. Don't pay any money for it, not even at a garage sale. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
This book was fascinating and horrifying all at the same time. Carolyn is an amazing and courageous woman and I wish her and her children all the best in life. How tragic that women are living under these conditions in modern day America, and all in the name of some twisted version of religion. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
the extraordinary story of a woman who was living in a polygamous mormon sect where she had to marry a man decades older than she, had to give birth eight children for him, and after all of this she still had courage escape with all of her children and stand to her own feet. Great read! ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jul 24, 2016 |
This is the poorly written but completely fascinating tale of a woman's life in a Morman sect. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A rare look into the workings of a cult. Shocking that this goes on in a "free" country under the noses of authorities! Disturbing that the men get away with such abuse. The FLDS are no less extreme than fundamentalist Muslims. ( )
  expatstef | Feb 28, 2016 |
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Below, Slate flags Carolyn's most intriguing, strange, and heartbreaking allegations.
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I dedicate this book to my eight children: Arthur, Betty, LuAnne, Andrew, Patrick, Merrilee, Harrison, and Bryson. My love for you knows no bounds. Even in my darkest days, you always gave me the meaning and reason I needed to go on.

This book is also dedicated to the women and children who may feel as desperately trapped by polygamy as I did and may wonder if they even deserve to dream of freedom and safety. You do.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767927567, Hardcover)

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two 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 that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen 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’s every move was dictated by her husband’s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse—at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife’s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. 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. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name.

Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop’s flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, 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 their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

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At 18, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger, 32 years her senior, who already had three wives. Arranged plural marriages were part of her heritage in the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives. Her every move was dictated by her husband's whims--in the FLDS, a wife's compliance determines her status, and her children's, in the family. Carolyn was miserable and wanted out, but no woman had ever managed to get her children out of the FLDS. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom and fled with her eight children. And in 2006, her reports formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of the sect's notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.--From publisher description.… (more)

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