Jennifer duBois is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a 2009-2011 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, the Kenyon Review, the Florida Review, the South Carolina Review and the Northwest Review. Her first novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, will be published by Random House in spring 2012. 
Jul 01 2011
The City of the Dead
The first time I went to visit Dr. Hill at Park View, I brought him a bouquet of flowers. It would be six weeks before the headstone would be in, and the grave was gutted-looking still, like new gardening. It all looked a little vulgar and exposed, and I didn’t like to look at it straight—though it was true I’d seen Dr. Hill much more exposed than this. “Don’t get used to this,” I said, laying the flowers at his grave. Dr. Hill didn’t respond, but then he’d never been talkative when I knew him in this life, either.