EscapeCarolyn Jessop

This true and grimly gripping biography pulls you in and grabs your imagination. To the average, educated midwesterner this story of polygamy, abuse and life in a totally insular religious community sounds like soap opera madness. But Jessop both lived it and survived it. As her community slid into madness, Jessop, weakened and sick after 8 births and caring for a son with cancer, still found the energy and resources to escape with all her children from the insane world of Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I spent the three-quarters of the book saying “What are you thinking? Leave!” and the last quarter cheering her on as she ran. Better, more horrifying and much sadder, than an psychological fiction available.