Author Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood to Cambridge Ph.D.
As a girl, Westover says, “There wasn’t ever any question about what my future would look like: I would get married when I was 17 or 18, and I would be given some corner of the farm and my husband would put a house on it and we would have kids.”
But Westover defied her family’s expectations when she enrolled in Brigham Young University at 17.
“I didn’t know anything,” Westover says of her first semester. “One of my first lectures, I raised my hand and asked what the Holocaust was because I had never heard of it.”