Early on in Grace's life, when the family was in turmoil, which was often enough, she would escape to her Grandmother De Reptentigny's, whom she called Mémère.

There she spent hours writing in the tub on a small stool she used for a writing desk.

After graduation, the Metaliouses moved to Belmont.

George took a position at the Laconia State School for a $3,000 annual salary - hardly more than a paltry wage for a wife and three children.

Rumors of her cavalier attitude about her "duties" as a housewife began to circulate.

She sometimes locked the children out of the apartment when she was writing.

She wrote rhymes and stories and read everything she could find.

Grace was enrolled in the Ash Street School, which was public and secular.Marie Grace's formative years were spent in Manchester.Her mother and father, both descendants of French Canadian stock, clearly made Grace a Franco-American. When Grace was born in 1924, Manchester was dominated by the bustling Amoskeag Mills. On the other side of the Merrimack River lived Greeks, Slavs and Irish, each with their own territory. She had pretensions and delusions that she was not a descendant of French Canadians and preferred to trace her lineage to France instead.Laurette's dream of upward mobility through her daughter was dashed when on February 27, 1943, Grace de Repentigny became Grace Metalious. Laurette was appalled and condemned George as a "dirty Greek." George did his stint in World War II and returned home to menial jobs, eventually using the GI Bill to attend UNH to become a teacher.By this time, Grace had given birth to three children, Marsha, Cindy and Mike.Down to the right, in the back, near a stand of pines, a simple white marble grave, alone and away from the others, says: When she died in her late '30s, there were some in Gilmanton who were adamant that they didn't want that "bitch" buried in their sacred ground. To ensure that, she bought a number of lots to deliberately place her grave away from others buried there.