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Favorite Wife : Escape from Polygamy
A RIVETING MEMOIR OF LIFE INSIDE ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S
MOST NOTORIOUS POLYGAMOUS CULTS
She had no choice in the matter--none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult, who was engaged in a blood feud with his brother that from 1972 to 1988 claimed up to two dozen lives.
In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt tells the story of growing up on the inside and of her ultimate escape with her children from an oppressive and violent life. Delving more deeply into this mysterious underworld than any previous work, Favorite Wife is a powerful account of the affairs of the heart, coming of age under exceptional circumstances, and the tough choices that are sometimes painfully necessary to preserve human dignity.
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1 . Amazing...
Posted January 27, 2010 by Kristen , TorranceI loved this book from start to finish. It really opened my eyes to another way of life. A great story about a young girl who lives through so much in only 6 years. Very moving.
2 . Interesting Read
Posted January 20, 2010 by Rhezeann , Rock Springs, WyomingThis books was very interesting and hard to put down. It's hard to believe there are still people willing to live this way, but to each his own!
3 . Chilling account...
Posted October 14, 2009 by Heather , Eugene, ORThe author seems so "normal" as she recounts her life...in such insanity. Kudos to her for writing the book!
March 02, 2009
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