When the world didn't end : a memoir

by Turner, Guinevere,

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In this immersive, spell-binding memoir, an acclaimed screenwriter tells the story of her childhood growing up with the infamous Lyman Family cult--and the complicated and unexpected pain of leaving the only home she'd ever known

On January 5, 1975, the world was supposed to end. Under strict instructions, six-year-old Guinevere Turner put on her best dress, grabbed her favorite toy, and waited with the rest of her community for salvation--a spaceship that would take them to live on Venus. But the spaceship never came.

Guinevere did not understand that her family was a cult. She spent most of her days on a compound in Kansas, living apart from her mother with dozens of other children who worked in the sorghum fields and roved freely through the surrounding pastures, eating mulberries and tending to farm animals. But there was a dark side to this bucolic existence. Guinevere was part of the Lyman Family, a secluded cult spearheaded by Mel Lyman, a self-proclaimed savior, committed to isolation from a World he declared had lost its way. When Guinevere caught the attention of Jessie, the woman everyone in the Family called the Queen, her status was elevated--suddenly she was traveling with the inner circle among communities in Los Angeles, Boston, and Martha's Vineyard.

But before long, the life Guinevere had known ended. Her mother, from whom she had been separated since age three, left the Family with another disgraced member, and Guinevere and her four-year-old sister were forced to leave with them. Traveling outside the bounds of her cloistered existence, Guinevere was thrust into public school for the first time, a stranger in a strange land wearing homemade clothes, and clueless about social codes. Now out in the World she'd been raised to believe was evil, she faced challenges and horrors she couldn't have imagined.

Drawing from the diaries that she kept throughout her youth, Guinevere Turner's memoir is an intimate and heart-wrenching chronicle of a childhood touched with extraordinary beauty and unfathomable ugliness, the ache of yearning to return to a lost home--and the slow realization of how harmful that place really was.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When celebrated screenwriter and director Turner (American Psycho) was a baby, her mother, Bess, joined the conservative commune known as the Lyman Family, which resulted in mother and child being separated, leaving Turner to be shuffled around the various Lyman compounds across the country. Young Turner becomes fixated on charismatic, mercurial Jessie, cult leader Mel Lyman's primary partner. When Turner befriends Jessie's daughter, Daria, she gets to travel with Jessie and enjoy the perks of being a favorite. But then Bess and her paramour, FP, abruptly leave the Lyman Family, and Turner and her younger sister, Annalee, get expelled. Turner longs for the halcyon days with the Lyman children, especially once FP starts sexually abusing her when she turns 12. Turner remains laser-focused on returning to the Lyman Family, but eventually this desire is replaced by a drive to escape FP's horrific abuse. Often drawing on her diary entries, Turner keeps her memoir centered on her youthful perspective, making for a harrowing, emotional read as well as an invaluable chronicle of growing up in a cult."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Turner, Guinevere.
Fort Hill Community (Organization) -- Biography.
Ex-cultists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Crown,2023
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 319 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780593237595
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