Six Degrees of Separation – from Stasiland to All Our Shimmering Skies

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.

This month we begin with Anna Funder’s examination of the East German Stasi – Stasiland.

I’m usually reading a fiction and a nonfiction book concurrently. While I was reading Stasiland, I was also reading Confession with Blue Horses by Sophie Hardach, a story about a family living under the Stasi.

A painting is an important part of the story in Confession, as it is in Sarah Winman’s Tin Man.

Winman has made my picks for a ‘Year of Sample Saturdays’ twice – in 2017 for Tin Man and in 2016 for A Year of Marvellous Ways.

Marvellous Ways is about an old woman at the end of her life, as is Dimitri Verhulst’s Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill.

Dense forest is the setting for Verhulst’s story, just as it is for Emily Ruskovich’s memorable novel, Idaho.

I was drawn to Idaho because of its beautiful floral cover. Another gorgeous floral cover – Trent Dalton’s forthcoming novel, All Our Shimmering Skies.

From surveillance to shimmering skies – where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Given the current pandemic, the obvious choice for next month (May 2, 2020) is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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  2. Our first link is the same, but that’s no great problem — I know we both read that nonfiction/fiction combo at the same time. I loved Tin Man as well. And I am such a sucker for botanical covers!

    • I saw that news about Dalton’s book as well… I had booked to hear him speak in Melbourne 🙁 On one hand I get why push it back but on the other, I think give the fans something to look forward to in June!

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    • The Road is pretty grim Margaret! It’s not my kind of book really, but I read it years ago because it’s one that always pops up on those ‘100 Books You Must Read’ lists.

  5. Great chain! I have read Madame Verona and thought it was a lovely book. I would like to read the Sarah Winman books too as I remember enjoying When God Was a Rabbit a few years ago.

    • I’d left Stasiland way too long as well (only read it a month ago) and when I finished it, I wondered why – it is as brilliant as everyone says. And Boy Swallows Universe is also brilliant (was my top book last year).

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