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The secret inspiration of the book

Does the story of "Rubrum" have familiar echoes?

That’s becauseĀ it is inspired by A Christmas Carol, the beloved classic by Charles Dickens.

This is the case even though the word “Christmas” never appears in the story. The parallels are purposely subtle enough that many readers miss them, though in retrospect they cannot.

This is similar to the approach in the blockbuster debut novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

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