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 Phosphorescence by Julia Baird. My love for this book is no secret, and I found great comfort in Baird’s words during Melbourne’s extended lockdown last year.
Baird refers to forest therapy – there’s a tradition of forest therapy/ forest bathing in both Germany and Japan. The main text documenting forest therapy is Shinrin-Yoku by Dr. Qing Li.
In complete contrast to Li’s forest-bathing, Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ is referred to in a powerful story in Jennifer Down’s collection, Pulse Points.
Also in Pulse Points is a story about children being cared for by their grandparents, which brought to mind Favel Parrett’s beautiful novel, There Was Still Love.
There Was Still Love focuses on the relationship between twin sisters, as does Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld.
The sisters in Sisterland have psychic abilities, as does a key character in Patrick deWitt’s French Exit.
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Next month (April 3, 2021), we’ll start with the 2020 Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart