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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > OCTOBER 2016 > Nesting instinct

Nesting instinct

I hadn’t realized the full symbolism of my latest children’s story until I read it to a dying friend

I HAD only written two drafts of what would become Mittens to Share, my latest children’s book, when I decided to dedicate it to a dying friend. The book had yet to be illustrated and wouldn’t be published for another two years, but John was in his last days and I wanted to tell him about my plans while I could. I was at loose ends. Anything I said would only underscore the unspoken: John would not live to hold the finished book and read the dedication.

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