L.B. Browne is an internal medicine physician and former medical epidemiologist, now practicing and living in New York City. She is also an MFA candidate in The New School’s Creative Writing Program, where she is working on her first novel.
My grandmother wore long Mexican dresses every day, had nine children in thirteen years, and could smoke cigarettes with her toes. I love telling people about her, though less so the end of the story: she died of lung cancer. Does the fact of her death make her party trick morbid? Probably, but it still makes me smile, and, for reasons I cannot fully explain, it makes her more real to me. If she sounded like a character in a story at first, she might now sound like something more.