Read an Excerpt from 'Favorite Wife'
Susan Ray Schmidt was just 15 when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rouge Mormon cult. After years of oppression and violence, Susan escaped along with her children. In her riveting memoir, "Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy," she tells her story of growing up on the inside... and her ultimate escape.
An Excerpt from "Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy" by Susan Ray Schmidt:
"Where was the excitement I had anticipated as the wife of a leader in God's church? We were supposed to be an army for the Lord, and yet babies, back-breaking work, and never enough money to go around were the lot of a polygamist's wife. All around me were poverty-stricken homes filled with lonely women and children, living for the scattered moments when our husbands could find time for a hurried visit home. And yet the time Verlan spent at home was the most frustrating time of all. Knowing he was close, yet sleeping in another wife's bed only blocks away, was the purest form of torture. The irony of it all was the fact that when he was with me, I felt sorry for the others."
Reprinted by permission, Lyons Press, Guilford, CT