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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > November 2018 > Cold comfort

Cold comfort

With her latest novel, Lauren B. Davis uses Hans Christian Andersen as a basis for her fairy tale about addiction and family

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RACHEL IDZERDA

THERE IS ALWAYS a story behind the story, and for Montreal-born author Lauren B. Davis, the root of her latest novel, The Grimoire of Kensington Market, is deeply personal. Davis, who was adopted, located her birth family in her 20s and discovered that she had two younger halfbrothers. But in 1996 and 2008, respectively, first one brother and then the other died by suicide. Both had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. “It was really crushing,” says Davis.

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