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 Sally Rooney’ bestseller, Normal People. I absolutely loved the book, and thought the TV series was perfection. My next book-to-TV-series to watch is Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much is True.
Lamb’s novel is about identical twins, as is Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland.
Sisterland has been on my TBR stack for years, but I’ll be reading Sittenfeld’s latest book, Rodham, first.
I heard Sittenfeld speak about Rodham last week – as a reader, she said she likes stories about ‘talented, complicated women’. Meg Wolitzer said something similar, and certainly many of her protagonists are ‘talented, complicated women’, but I’ll choose one and link to The Wife (there are obvious parallels between Hilary Clinton and Wolitzer’s main character, Joan, who puts her own ambitions on hold so that her husband’s career can flourish).
Staying with author talks, the night I saw Meg Wolitzer, I also saw Jenny Erpenbeck, who was speaking about her novel, Go Went Gone.
Go Went Gone is set in Berlin, and although I could probably do a whole chain based around Berlin, I’m instead linking to the book that Erpenbeck said was “…the best book I’ve read about the fall of the Wall” – Ingo Schulze’s New Lives.
Author talks dominated my chain this month, but I was pleased to land in Berlin. Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.