Friday, June 25, 2010

"Escape" by Carolyn Jessup

Title: Escape
Author: Carolyn Jessup
Published: Broadway Books, 2007
Where I Got It: The library!
Why I Read It: Because I felt like it.

Back in October, I pulled this book at random off a shelf at the library, and boy, am I glad I did. It is the story of a woman, Carolyn Jessop, born into a polygamist community in Utah. She became the fourth wife of a man more than thirty years her senior when she was eighteen. (Over the course of his life, her husband had more than a hundred children by fifteen different wives.) Her husband mistreated all of his wives, to the point of slavery and extreme domestic violence, but these women still strived for his affection, even though they knew they didn't love him. They also challenged each other and did not stick together. Life was miserable for Carolyn in this religion; FDLS women have absolutely no rights and freedom.
The part that scares me the most is the fact that this is happening in modern day...not five hundred years ago like it sounds like it would. She went on to become one of the few women who ever challenged her husband and religion, and the first to successfully leave the community with all of her children. This book is full of encouragement and knowledge for those like me who were completely ignorant about FLDS and polygamy. For once in my life I was actually glad that I was born a baptist.
In looking for a picture of the cover for my blog, I found that the book is going to be made into a movie, starring none other than...Katherine Heigl. Seriously? I mean, seriously?!

4 stars, only because the writing was a little choppy.

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