Bobi Conn grew up in a hollow near Clearfield, Kentucky, a former factory village located just outside of Morehead. It was an idyllic setting of forest, creeks and tin-roofed homes that sang to the tempos of rainfall. But it also was the scene of a traumatic childhood in the presence of an addicted, alcoholic, violent father. Bobi Conn escaped, got herself into college and landed a white-collar job.
But that same progress earned the mistrust of her family. And her Eastern Kentucky accent and history were often met by the condescension of peers.
The account of a survivor is detailed in the pages of Bobi’s debut memoir, “In the Shadow of the Valley.”