Escape by Carolyn Jessop

XVIII. Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Blame NieNie. Blame Big Love. Blame Jared, Jacob, and Justin Zonts. Something came over me this summer, and I like to call it Mormon Fever.

I don’t want to talk religion, as my own feelings on the topic are so convoluted and confusing that I make my own head hurt.Β  I respect 95% of all people who have strong religious faith of any denomination, and my interest in the LDS church in particular probably has to do with how different it is from every other breed of Christiany. And I don’t think all Mormons are polygamist crazies. However, apparently some of them are.

This is the story of a woman, Carolyn, who was born and raised inside a fundamentalist compound. She survived a familiarly clique-ridden high school experience and dreamed of going to med school. However, her parents (and her community) had something different in mind. She would be married to a 50-year-old man who already had 3 wives and a gaggle of children, including some of her schoolmates. After mothering eight of his children, Carolyn finally found the resources and motivation to gather her offspring and leave – a monumentally difficult task for any single mother of an abusive husband, much less one whose entire family and community would be looking for her.

When it comes to memoirs, I usually have a No Ghostwriters policy. No offense to those hardworking, unspoken authors. I just think if someone’s life is worth writing a book about, you better have something interesting to say, and if you can’t think of what that is yourself, wtf are you doing getting someone else to write it for you? This book is an exception. This isn’t Joe The Plumber. This is a woman who has done something remarkable, has seen things most Americans didn’t know existed in their own country, and deserves to tell her story, even if she couldn’t write it herself.

Buy this for: people who don’t consider themselves “readers,” since the writing isn’t particularly challenging and the topic quite… uh… topical, or your best friend who watches too many LifeTime movies for her own good.

Amazon Link | Time Magazine Interview | What the official LDS church has to say about it

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3 Comments to “Escape by Carolyn Jessop”

  1. My name pops on google from your website. I kept trying to figure out who you are, but I think I recognize you now… πŸ˜‰

    • I used to get some hits from people Googling your name, so I assume that it was you? Haha… You may have forgotten me, but I will never forget my favorite Mormons πŸ™‚

  2. It seems like it has been forever! I didn’t forget you, just lost sight of the past πŸ˜‰

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