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Fiction by Joanna Scott That place At ½rst the doctor assured Nora that her mother’s complaints–nausea, mouth ulcers, headaches, dizziness– were the inevitable response to the regimen of chemo. But then Bev developed a low-grade fever, indicating the presence of an infection and earning the patient a prescription for erythromycin. Twelve hours later the fever had climbed to 101. By the next day her lips had swelled and turned the pale, pinkish hue of the underside of her tongue. The doctor changed the antibiotic and prescribed a course of antihistamines to relieve the symptoms of the allergic reaction as well as reduce the stiffness in her neck. The next morning, she sat propped up in bed, a coffee mug tucked in the crumpled sheet between her thighs. She felt improved enough to request a breakfast of scrambled eggs. Returning to Bev’s bedside with the plate of eggs in hand, Nora thought that Joanna Scott, professor of English at the University of Rochester, is the author of six novels, including “Tourmaline” (2002),“Make Believe” (2000), and “The Manikin” (1996), and a collection of short stories, “Various Antidotes” (1994). The recipient of the Pushcart Prize, she has also received Guggenheim, MacArthur http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Daedalus MIT Press

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