Carolyn Jessop was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and spent most of her life in Colorado City, Arizona, the main base of the FLDS. Since leaving the group in 2003, she has lived in West Jordon, Utah, with her eight children. Laura Palmer is the author of Shrapnel in the Heart and collaborated on five other books, including To Catch a Predator with NBC's Chris Hansen. She lives in New York City.
"Escape provides an astonishing look behind the tightly
drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive
religious groups in the United States. The story Carolyn Jessop
tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect
like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in
21st-century America. But Jessop's courageous, heart-wrenching
account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that
truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction."
--Jon Krakauer, Author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild