The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron

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Release Date: March 21, 2017

Book Blurb from Goodreads.com:

“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.

My Review:

Anna LeBaron is the daughter of Ervil LeBaron, the deceased leader of a Mormon fundamentalist group supporting polygamy.  Ervil had thirteen wives and fifty children. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the death he ordered against a rival cult leader. Those who challenged him or left the church found their lives in danger.

Anna’s parents were constantly on the run to avoid arrest from the FBI. To keep her and her siblings safe they were sent to live with different relatives and church members. She attended school but friendships were not fostered or encouraged.  Numerous times she was relocated to another state to live with a distant cousin to start her life over again.

This is a heartfelt story of a survivor and a missed childhood living in the shadow of her father’s crimes. It is also about finding faith after bravely dismissing family’s beliefs and making a life for herself.   This memoir is fascinating and gives a glimpse of a different way of life.  

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