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MEMOIR

MAY 2008

ELISSA WALL, WITH LISA PULITZER

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STOLEN INNOCENCE

My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

In this shocking, timely, and inspirational memoir, Elissa Wall details her life growing up in the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints religious sect, being forced into an unwanted marriage at age fourteen, and her courage to testify against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

Elissa speaks candidly about the horrifying reality she faced as a young teenager in a devastating marriage to a man five years her senior. But what began as tragic tale of forced marriage quickly descended into madness, as Elissa's troubled relationship spiraled out of control before her vows were even spoken. The end result of the union was a nightmare of rape and abuse that Elissa suffered at the hands of her Church-appointed husband and in the name of God. And yet somehow, in face of this bleak reality, she never gave up on the hope that she would some day find a way out. That way out came from a former FLDS member named Lamont Barlow, whose chance encounter with Elissa sparked a relationship that gave her the strength she needed to leave her marriage and throw off the shackles of the FLDS forever. But though Elissa won her freedom from the FLDS, she had yet to earn her victory, and here she illustrates how she used her newfound freedom to put Warren Jeffs behind bars. Looking at her crucial role in Utah's case against Jeffs, Elissa elucidates how her testimony helped convict him and how remarkably she arose from this ordeal with her hope intact and her heart filled with love. What emerges is an inspiring narrative about the resilience of the human spirit and how one woman's determination triumphed over one of the most controversial figures of our time.

Read by Renée Raudman

Category: Memoir Running Time: 16 hrs - Unabridged Hardcover: May 2008 (200,000 William Morrow) Available: 05/19/2008 Territory: U.S., Canada

Trade 9781400107902 13 Audio CD $39.99 Library 9781400137909 13 Audio CD $79.99 MP3 9781400157907 2 MP3-CD $29.99

Elissa Wall is a former member of the FLDS church who was forced into marriage at age fourteen. She left the FLDS at age eighteen and she currently resides with her two children and her husband, Lamont. Lisa Pulitzer is a former correspondent for the New Y Times, and a frequent contributor to the New ork Y Post, she is author of A Woman Scorned, Fatal ork Romance, and other true crime titles. She lives in New York with her writer husband, two daughters. Actor and voice-over artist Renée Raudman has performed on film, television, radio, and stage. Her recent audiobooks include A Weekend to Change Y Life by Joan Anderson, for which she won an our AudioFile Earphones Award.

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