Mary Anne Walser interviews Dr. Martha Boone about her novel The Big Free. It is a coming of age story rich with medical drama, stories of Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the French Quarter. It is a wild romp through the first six months of surgical internship. The protagonist is a naïve Charleston girl who comes to The Big Free to learn surgery. This fun interview includes behind the scenes stories of Dr. Boone’s experiences in New Orleans, the humor and tragedy in inner city hospital work and the joy of meaningful work.