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VALERIE TAYLOR is the pen name of Velma Young, author of the lesbian pulp classics Whisper Their Love (1957), The Girls in 3-B (1959), World Without Men (1963), Journey to Fulfillment (1964), and Ripening (1988).

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The Girls in 3-B

Valerie Taylor

Afterword by Lisa Walker

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Annice, Pat, and Barbie are best friends from rural Iowa, freshly arrived in booming 1950s Chicago to explore different paths toward independence, self-expression, and sexual freedom. From the hip-hang of a bohemian lifestyle to the sophisticated lure of romance with a handsome, wealthy, married boss, to the happier—but taboo—security of a lesbian relationship, these three experience firsthand the dangers and limitations that await spirited young working girls who strike out on their own in a decidedly male-centered world.

"A remarkable slice of bohemia from the 1950s. Valerie Taylor gives 'pulp ' a good name and weaves a wondrous tale of love, lesbianism, poetry, and sex around three young women who leave their small town for the allure of the big city."

—Judith Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity

"The Girls in 3-B will give you a sense of the dangers and delights of passion between women in another era. . . . Valerie Taylor's much-loved story has achieved well-deserved classic status in the lesbian pulp canon."

—Ann Bannon, author of Odd Girl Out and The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

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