It’s time for #6Degrees – join in! Link up! Get amongst it!
We begin this month with John Irving’s classic, A Prayer for Owen Meany. The story centres around a terrible accident involving two young boys. Likewise, the plot in Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home, also focuses on the tragic consequences of an incident involving two boys.
A Land More Kind Than Home is classed as ‘Southern gothic’, not a genre I have read a lot of. But fellow blogger, Rory, loves it. And she also loves Richard Russo’s Pulizter Prize winner, Empire Falls.
Shamefully, I haven’t read Empire Falls (can’t believe Rory still counts me as a friend…), but that’s not stopping me linking it to John Irving’s Last Night in Twisted River – both stories revolve around how a river impacts the lives of those living close by.
Last Night in Twisted River deals the reader an absolute ‘oh-my-god-I-never-saw-that-coming’ moment, as does Jill Alexander Essbaum’s Hausfrau.
A Little Life was not only one of my favourites for 2015, it also topped the list for critics, as did Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, the end of my chain.
Next month (May 7th, 2016) the chain will begin with a book that topped international best-seller lists – Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.