|Little Liz swinging at the pinata.|
Duck and cover!
Escape by Carolyn Jessop is one of those memoirs that you'll never forget. Jessop grew up within the FLDS, the extreme sect offshoot of the Mormon Church in which polygamy is sanctioned. Children growing up in this environment never know anything different than the restrictive communities governed by the church; they are taught to fear the rest of the world. When Carolyn turned eighteen, she married Merril Jessop, a man thirty-two years her senior and already wed to three women. They all lived in a large compound/house, and husbands in this world have absolute power. Merril Jessop was a close associate of the church's president, Warren Jeffs, who was later sent to prison for child sex abuse when he married teenage girls. In his own home, Merril was an emotional abuser who controlled Carolyn's every move, and in the course of her marriage they had eight children.
|Carolyn is in the top left. Those are|
her sister-wives and husband.
(For another great book about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, check out Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven. Great read.)