My latest novel, sixth in the series is a sequel to Summer Ice
    and is set in Taftville and Norwich.  The title is "Last on a
    Match".  Now out in print, a plan for the launch and signing
    is in the works.
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Norwich State Hospital
Norwich Hospital for the Insane - Administration Building
Ponemah Mills, Taftville
Ponemah Mills, Taftville
Excerpt:
    "Bugger.
    Bugger, bugger, bugger, bugger, bugger!
         It was my mantra, it was my prayer as I stomped up the steps in line with
the others, all of us draped in the same dull green shapeless dresses, easy to get
on, easy to get off, easy to wash and never ironed.  Some lucky weeks I’d get
an old one, worn soft by many washings.  It was all we wore except for a rough
undergarment that sometimes held diapers for those who might soil the chairs or
beds where they spent most of their time, strapped down so as not to be a
nuisance.
      How had I come to this?  I thought about it as I looked out across the lawn,
trying to catch a glimpse of the Thames River.  In a fit of remorse I saw in my
mind the mill stream that flowed past my childhood home, its working waters
eventually emptying into the Thames below.  What shambles did I leave in my
wake?"


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Review:  
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“Last on A Match” by author
Diana K. Perkins is an amazing,
incredible story of how being
different can land one in an insane
asylum regardless if they were
crazy or not. In 1901 homosexuals
could be committed to an asylum
and this is where readers will find
Felicity White. Having worked in a
state school and hospital during the
late 60’s I found the author’s vivid
description of the living
environment, the treatment and the
reasons for placement to be
exceptionally right on target.
Perkins’s writing allows readers to
become Felicity living her life as
she did. Given the author's in-depth
research regarding laws on
institutionalization during the 1900s
and her intimate knowledge of
eastern Connecticut, I found the
reading to be exceptional,
captivating and shocking.

This is the sixth book in the
Shetucket River Mill Town series
by Diana K. Perkins, and I will be
reading them all. It’s rare that an
author can keep me so captivated
that I want to read the rest of a
series right away. I highly
recommend “Last on a Match” to
all who like to find relatable
characters, a little bit of history and
a fascinating read.