Narrated by:
Ann Marie Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2007
15 hours 53 minutes
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. 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 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 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.
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Mary Kean

Compare this true account to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Also, to life w the Taliban in the film Whiskey, Tango Foxtrot or I Am Malala. The special clothing designed to make it easy to spot he captive and also at the same time isolating. Also, note the control of women's procreation but at the same time the neglect, abuse and poor life nurture in such matters as diet, exercise and so on. The fictionalized fundamentalists are better at that as they want optimum health for child bearing underlings. What comes across is the waste in human potential. Carolyn Jessop was obviously a gifted teacher and excellent, loving mother. In both enterprises she is thwarted, discouraged, unacknowledged and even discredited. Such a loss to the community in which she found herself and to her children but also to all of us, to the world, to the future. Whatever that future may be.

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