Monday, January 14, 2008

Escape

by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer

A memoir of Jessop's life with and eventual escape from the breakaway Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) sect, this book reads more like a thriller. Beginning with the story of how she fled with her eight children in the dead of night (Jessop broke ground not only by being the first woman to escape the FLDS with all her children but also by being awarded custody through a court system that traditionally had closed its eyes to FLDS abuses). From there, the storyline returns to Jessop's childhood and moves forward chronologically, finally returning the reader to her current life. Hers is a fascinating story of indoctrination, dreams and attempts for personal growth in a restrictive life and culture, and accessing reservoirs of strength as danger grows around her. This book would be a strong followup to readers who enjoyed Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, with its perspective of an FLDS insider. -Inanna

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