Six Degrees of Separation – from Second Place to Family Life

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

Honestly, I picked this month’s starting book, Second Place by Rachel Cusk, because of the gorgeous yellow cover. Yellow is my absolute favourite colour.

But yellow is not my first link. Instead it’s to My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff – there’s a superb scene in Rakoff’s memoir that features Rachel Cusk.

I enjoyed watching the film version of My Salinger Year earlier this year. Also watched this year was the film version of French Exit by Patrick deWitt.

I loved French Exit but haven’t written a review yet… why is that?! I never wrote a review of one of my 2020 favourites either, Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

Fleishman is in Trouble focuses on the continuing friendship between three college friends, which provides the link to Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey.

Most of the action in Life After Truth takes place at a reunion, which links to Fred Uhlman’s novella, Reunion.

My review of Reunion was brief and it makes reference to my equally short review of Akhil Sharma’s brilliant novel, Family Life.

I planned a yellow-themed chain but instead went with films, friends, reunions and reviews. Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (October 2, 2021), we’ll start with a (frightening) short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

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      • When I was a magazine production editor my screen had to be professionally colour calibrated every month – it’s amazing how colours change on a screen! That’s why it’s tricky buying clothing online if you are after a particular colour because what you see ain’t necessarily what you get. And now my TED talk is over 😀

      • Yep. They used to stick this little machine on the screen that did its magic. The screen colours had to be as closely aligned to the print colours as possible, which is difficult because screens use three colours (red/green/blue) but printing uses four (cyan/magenta/yellow/green) so they will NEVER be 100% the same but calibrating your screen to match print output is the closest way to do it. I know a *lot* of useless stuff about printing.

      • The large colour is orange on my screen, the smaller one a dirty-ish yellow and then the small one black. Yes, pretty weird. Remember that dress that went through the internet, some saw it in blue, others in gold, I believe. I saw the blue one.

  1. I nearly chose that cover for the book in my post as it’s so stunning, but for some reason I didn’t. Was trying to work out the original edition cover on GoodReads. Wish they made it easy to tell!

    Anyhow, enjoyed your links. Here are mine https://whisperinggums.com/2021/09/04/six-degrees-of-separation-from-second-place-to/

    Have a good day following links. what else is there to do.

    And, you’ve chosen a short story for next time, Woo hoo!

    • I think the cover that is a painting in dark colours might be the original cover? (That’s the cover that was with my ARC).

      I might be wrong, but I think The Lottery is the first time we’ve started with a short story – no excuses for not reading the starting book, right?! 😉

      • If I haven’t read the book, I usually choose the British edition because that ‘s the one I’m mostly going to get when I buy it here. As to no excuse for not reading the starting book … ehm … I don’t really like short stories. The longer a book, the better. LOL

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  4. Glad to see I am not the only one not to have read the first book any given month! However, I have read the short story by Shirley Jackson that will be next month’s starting point and am a HUGE Shirley Jackson fan, so will have to try very hard not to make an exclusively Jackson chain!

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  7. For once I have read the starting book! And I’ve read The Lottery too. I haven’t read any of the other books you’ve mentioned. I like the idea of writing short reviews, but I find it so difficult.

  8. I love seeing all the links and where everyone ends up. I enjoyed the link through films, friends, reunions and reviews–it sounds like it should be a relaxing weekend. I ended up with water-related locations.

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