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Published by Tyndale House Publishers on March 21st 2017
Source: the library
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"My father had more than fifty children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult--a radical branch of Mormonism--Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.She escaped when she was thirteen . . . but the nightmare was far from over. A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.
I was looking forward to reading this book for months before my library finally got a copy of it (after much nagging by me, I might add). It was worth the wait except for a smidge of preaching at the end, which can easily be forgiven considering what the author went through. (nothing wrong with preaching; just wasn’t why I was reading the book).
(also as an aside: I hate, hate, hate that cover. The author explains it at the end, and I understand her reasoning, but I hate it all the same)
So, this book is written strictly from the author’s point of view, and tries very hard to only tell her story – even though there’s a lot more to the story, others have also written about it. I think the thing to keep in mind with any of the LeBaron books is you really need to read multiples of them in order to understand the whole story. This one does a great job of trying to explain a very, very complicated, heartbreaking, awful story – and is probably a great place to start if you want to read about this polygamist family and community.
You’ll often think you are reading fiction, and you’ll have to remind yourself that this is truth (or at least truth as the author saw it).