They say truth is stranger than fiction and in the case of Anna LeBarons’ story it’s true. Her memoir reads like a made for television movie but the reality of what she went through as a child of a polygamist cult leader is all too real. Neglect, fear, and poverty were all everyday realities as Anna learned to survive the traumatic events of FBI raids, being separated from her mother, child labor, and even the murder of family members. All too often she found herself alone and vulnerable or responsible for the care of much younger children, so she learned to “buck up” and find a way to survive and make the best of every situation.
Anna’s tenacity to overcome shines throughout the book from her first realization that she could harness the fear she felt and use it as excitement to her courage to defy her mother and run away from the cult that had abused so many.
Her will and determination to make a better life for herself have helped so many, not only in her family but those who hear her story and learn that one’s family – no matter how evil or heinous – does not determine one’s destiny.
You will find yourself turning page after page, digging into “just one more chapter” as you cheer Anna on in her quest for truth, acceptance, and unconditional love.