Six Degrees of Separation – from Rodham to Blonde

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 Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld’s fictional account of what might have happened in Hillary Clinton’s life, had she not married Bill.

In her 2017 book, What Happened, Hillary Clinton gave her account of the 2016 US election campaign.

In What Happened, Clinton quotes Chanel Miller, whose memoir, Know My Name, describes the time following her sexual assault. I could link to similar memoirs, but I’ll steer this chain toward happier waters – Know My Name appeared in my Top 50 from the Best Books of 2019 List of Lists, as did The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

I enjoyed the fairy tale motifs in The Dutch House. Similar (in terms of the fairy tale bits), and also published in 2019, was Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.

I finished Gingerbread feeling like I’d been on a rollercoaster. Or dumped by a wave. I had the same feeling when I finished Sara Stridsberg’s The Faculty of Dreams. It’s a fictionalised account of the life of the life of Valerie Solanas – this would circle back very neatly to Rodham, but I’m one link short, so I’ll end with another novel that examines the inner life of a person in the spotlight – Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates.

Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (October 3, 2020), we’ll start with The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

47 responses

  1. I chose What Happened as my first link too, but then went off in a different direction. I said in my post that I’m not keen on fictionalised biographies, forgetting that I loved Blonde!!!

    My chain is not very varied this month with three crime fiction novels in it.

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  4. Great chain and great starting book! I really enjoyed doing the chain this month – one of those which almost materialised on its own account. Glad to see The Dutch House on your list – I enjoyed that one as well.

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  6. That’s an interesting range of books, as always, Kate. I still haven’t read What Happened. I want to read Rodham. I like biographical fiction a lot.

    Joyce Carol Oates is an author I’ve had recommended to me but I’ve never made time to read. Maybe Blonde is the book to start me off.

    I’ve gone with a theme of women in the shadow of men (or not) with my chain this month.

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  8. I’ve heard so many good things about The Dutch House but I haven’t read it yet. There’s always a huge wait list at my library. I had it in my shopping cart the other night and then realized that everyone loves the audiobook. I deleted it. I need to just break down and get on the library list.

    This is my first chain and I had fun with it! Thanks for hosting!

  9. I struggled with this one but got there in the end. And I’m enjoying seeing what everyone else has done, all so different of course. I have The Dutch House here and must give it a try soon. Next month looks a lot of fun!

  10. I attempted to comment this morning but it looks like my phone may have swallowed it.

    I’ve heard so many good things about The Dutch House. I almost bought it earlier this week but I realized how many people rave about the audio book. I’m going to finally join the queue for that at my library.

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  12. Hi there Kate! I was late with my link-up. Again… But I just posted it and shared the link.

    I love this meme! And your list is awesome. I still want to read The Dutch House and Blonde.

    Hope you will have a good month, I will try my best to have my post done on time next month. LOL!!

    6 Degrees of Separation Sep 2020

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