Carolyn Jessop’s Escape is one of the most harrowing books I’ve read. She was raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). I already knew it was a screwed-up cult. People may titter at Big Love and think polygamy’s awfully droll, but I’ve driven through the communities and seen the grinding poverty. I’ve heard other people’s stories about lives full of abuse and religious oppression. I knew Warren Jeffs was a fucked-up fanatic who loved to rape young girls, and who forced other young girls into lives of statutory rape and forced pregnancy. Some families aren’t completely horrific, but a few exceptions don’t make the status quo okay, no matter how much they polish it up for the cameras.
But as bad as I knew that cult was, I had no idea how horrific it actually was until I read this book. So I decided to review it chapter by chapter. You can pick up a copy here if you want to follow along. Brace yourselves, my darlings, because the journey is intense.
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