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Availability: 3 hours per month
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CHAYA BHUVANESWAR is a practicing physician and writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, The Awl, Tin House, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, story South, aaduna, r.k.v.r.y. and elsewhere. She has received a Henfield writing award, a Rhodes scholarship, and is a frequent public speaker on social justice as well as trauma and recovery. Her debut short story collection, White Dancing Elephants, was selected as the winner of Dzanc Books' 2017 Short Story Collection Prize.

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So, here I am sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, hoping no one talks to me or intuits why I’m fat, when the door that says on the outside Do Not Enter swings open broadly and Talinda storms out, not long for this world. The young, blond nurse stands there unflappable, holding the door open so it won’t swing back and hit her in the face, propping it with one hand and holding a clipboard with the other. “We should have the results back any day,” she calls after Talinda, turning back inside before it’s obvious that my best friend isn’t listening. “Later this week. Do check,” her voice wafts out, as if she’s a woman working in a shop. As if she isn’t an announcer of life versus death.

Not long for this world. “Don’t say things like that,” I would’ve said if I had heard it from Talinda. One of her usual angry and dapper turns of phrase.

“You’ll fight this thing,” I said when she first told me she had stomach cancer, and for once she nodded without ridiculing a cliché. But that was a year ago, before I became this wretched person. A woman sleeping with her best friend’s husband, a woman waiting to take over a life.