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The Third Floor by Judi Loren Grace
A 15-year-old rural girl is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a home for unwed mothers.

About the Author

From central valley in California, successful business woman currently in partnership with my daughter. Married, raised three children. Lost first child to adoption, second child died at age twenty-one. Own a hair salon, Satori in a university town in northern California. Previous L'Oreal educator. Semi- retired and an author of two other books.

About the Book

The author, as a fifteen-year-old girl raised in a rural farming community, is sent to an inner city to live and hide in a home for unwed mothers. Written in her teenage voice from letters saved by her best friend since the summer of 1962, she tells of daily life inside the home, chores, military rules, and lack of counsel. The girls, about fifty and a waiting list to enter, live out their time and climb to the third floor to labor and deliver their babies, relinquish them, and return to society and act as if nothing had happened and keep this secret for the rest of their lives. This summer was also Judi's racial awakening and the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

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