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Anita Rau Badami

Photo credit: Richard Max TremblayAnita Rau Badami grew up in India and moved to Canada in the early 1990s. She's lived in Montreal for several years now, but the winters don't get any easier. That dread of winter has worked its way into her latest - and fourth - novel "Tell it to the Trees."

A cross between psychological drama and suspense thriller, the book is set mostly in the winter, in an isolated house in the north of British Columbia.  There a close-knit, secretive family keeps to itself - until an outsider, a woman from New York City who wants to write stories, rents the small house behind theirs.

Anita Rau Badami spoke with Jeanette Kelly about the novel and her fascination with the darker side of things.

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