The Fifth Floor
Seven-year-old Anna adores the constant commotion of her large family in 1970s suburban Chicago. She idolizes her ten-year-old sister Liz. Together they make kites, climb trees, and play acrobatic games on their backyard swing set. One moment the two girls are playing—the next, everything changes, and Anna will never be the same.
In the constant hubbub of life in a huge family Anna’s distress is overlooked, until she completely stops eating at the age of seventeen. Fearing the worst, Anna’s mother takes her to see Dr. Ellison, a cool competent psychiatrist, who immediately hospitalizes Anna on the fifth floor of the local hospital.
Even under the guidance of Dr. Ellison and the caring staff, Anna is defiant. She trusts no one. She guards the past like her life depends on it. Will she ever share the truth so she can heal?
Just Like Ziggy
Anna desperately needs her family, but how can a family who needs rescuing save her?
Seventeen-year-old Anna, the ninth child of ten, has returned home after three months in a locked psych ward on the fifth floor of Advocate Hospital. Together with her parents and siblings, Anna desperately needs to discuss the tragedy that occurred ten years ago, but her family remains aloof, ignoring the reality of what’s happened.
Though Anna continues therapy with her psychiatrist Dr. Ellison, her bad situation turns worse when she returns to high school. Ashamed of her failures and the sheer apathy she feels from others, Anna is forced into making rash decisions as she contemplates the worst.
Anna is disheartened. She needs to know everything that happened in December of 1974, but to do that Anna must do the impossible—change her family’s inability to relive the past. Then, Anna’s family gathers for an unusual occasion on an unusual day. Time is running out. It’s now or never. For her own sanity, Anna must get her family to divulge their secretive pasts. But what’s about to be uncovered is unforeseen. Building on the beloved story in The Fifth Floor.