Shuffleboil chats with Jeff Lemire about the first two books in his Essex County trilogy, Tales from the Farm and Ghost Stories:
SB: Are the human stories, relationships, circumstances based on any real versions of the same? Or is any of this autobiographical?
JL: Most of it is fiction, but certain character traits and parts of my own family history sort of worked themselves into the narrative as well. For example, Lou from “Ghost Stories” is an amalgam of different people from my life. He looks like my grandfather did late in life, and the nursing home/deaf scenes were based on the last days of my great uncle. But, all of the hockey stuff, and the brother relationship was fiction.