The Origin of My Laugh

Danielle’s essay, “The Origin of My Laugh” was published on June 16, 2020 in The Paris Review.

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When my mother died, her best friend Heidi called and told me, “What I’ll miss most is her laugh.”


When my mother called me on the phone before she died, she rarely laughed but often cried.


My mother had four daughters, and I am the oldest. My mother did not raise us…