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Escape

By: Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer
Published: 2008, ©2007
Pages: 426
Total Copies: 12
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & MemoirsUniquely Utah


Description: When she was eighteen, 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. In 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her children. She had $20 to her name.