"A raw and courageous book that shines a spotlight on Canada's dark secret -- Fabian Dawson, News Editor, The Vancouver Province, December 2004
"Palmer and Perrin offer the first, brave look inside the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. ... -- Ken MacQueen, Maclean's Magazine, December 2004
About the Author
Debbie Palmer was taken to a polygamous community now called Bountiful near Creston, B.C., at two years of age. She is the oldest of 47 children. Her mother was the first of six wives and passed away at 23 years of age. Debbie was married at fifteen as sixth wife of 55-year-old leader of the Canadian group under the direction of the "prophet" from Colorado City, Arizona. After just three years, her first husband died of leukemia and she was assigned as fifth wife to another man 40 years her senior. After a schism in the leadership of the polygamous group divided members, she was given a "release" from the second husband and assigned to a third. She managed to escape the community pregnant with her seventh child after years of trauma and abuse.
Debbie lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with eight children and has pursued academic studies. She is a human rights activist, a community crime prevention educator and advocate, and author of various bodies of research. She has consulted with and been the subject of several documentaries on the topic of polygamy in North America.
David Perrin was raised in a small community near Trail and attended Selkirk College before moving on to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He earned his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.
Since 2000, Dr. Perrin's publishing company, Dave's Press, has released three best-selling books about his Kootenay practice. Don't Turn Your Back in the Barn, Dr. Dave's Stallside Manner and Where Does it Hurt? Don't Turn Your Back in the Barn has also been published in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. As well, Sony has optioned it for publication in Japan. The book concepts are currently under consideration for a CBC television series.
David Perrin, co-author of Palmer's story, has also been connected to individuals represented in this book, Keep Sweet: Children of Polygamy. Dave lives in the Creston Valley and continues to write.