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A GIRL NAMED CONNIE: Rain didn't dampen enthusiasm. Hometown shows affection of Connie Wilson, with over 150 at two events in Edmonton, KY
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Connie Wilson, the subject of Carol Perkins' new book, "A Girl Named Connie," was certainly feeling the love from her hometown friends, fellow classmates, former students, and those who didn't know her but knew Bill and Cloteel Wilson and Wilson's Dry Goods at her book signing Thursday at the Metcalfe County Library and then again that night at the Barnlot Theater "Book Reveal."

"When the subject is about yourself, you never know who will want to read it. How interesting is my life compared to others? I thought it made a good story to tell, but would others?"

Evidently, it has made a great impact because over a hundred people came to the signing at the library and over fifty came, in spite of the rain, to Barnlot. The general comments from those who read the book ranged from "I couldn't put it down" to "Best book I've ever read."

This night was much like what a comedy club atmosphere might be. Carol and Connie, lifelong friends, bounced jabs off each other after spending a week on the PR trail promoting this book.

"She going home tomorrow," Carol said, which brought a laugh. Connie lives in Louisville.

As a matter of fact, there were lots of laughs as Judy Wallace Irvin and Donnie Butler, both friends since the cradle as they say, told stories of growing up in town with Connie, and the antics they pulled. Carol referred to Donnie as the "water tower boy," which is a reference from the book and those who had read it, laughed at that revelation.

Judy, Donnie, Carol, and Connie, plus a host of others who came, are lucky to have a friendship that spans over seven decades. In telling Connie's story, Carol writes about these friendships and how they helped Connie deal with her situation.

When she was in the sixth grade, a student told her she was adopted.

In 1946 being adopted was not as socially acceptable as it is today. Connie never told her parents what she knew, but spent a lifetime investigating. She had picked up enough clues to know this revelation had merit, but would not know any details (many rumors circulated) until 1982 when she received a late night phone call. Many other secrets unraveled after that.

Everyone enjoyed the refreshments provided by Freeda Reece and the music by Patrick Speary.

The book is available at the Edmonton/Metcalfe County Chamber office and at the Lighthouse Restaurant, but can also be bought at Amazon.

This story was posted on 2016-05-27 11:38:49
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Don M. Butler III introduces author/classmate at Book Reveal

2016-05-27 - Barn Lot Theatre, 207 S Main Street, Edmonton, KY - Photo by Carol Perkins.
Don M. Butler, III introduced classmate Connie Wilson at the Book Reveal at Barnlot Thursday night, May 26, 2016. - Carol Perkins

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