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 Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang. A dozen possible links came to mind but I’m going with something a little tenuous. A couple weeks ago, I stayed at the W Hotel. On the bed, was the strangest bit of decor – I described it to a friend as, “…a really odd fur and leather Ned Kelly helmet thing that I think is in place of a cushion??”. Since my stay, an article appeared about the ‘helmet’, but the point is that whilst reclining on the bed with the helmet next to me, I was reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink.
The last section of Olga is epistolary. Another novel I’ve read that is loosely epistolary is Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re All Briefly Gorgeous.
Vuong’s novel explores the relationship between a son and his mother, told using various narrative motifs. Same but different is Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart.
Zauner describes her (Korean) mother’s meticulous skincare regime, which links to France Cha’s If I Had Your Face.
If I Had Your Face is about a group of young women living together and working in a beauty salon. Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James has the same situation but in a very different setting (Sydney, not Seoul).
I obtained my copy of Come in Spinner when I was in Year 12. Another book I read that year by an Australian female author, and set in a similar time period, was Amy’s Children by Olga Masters. The novel holds a special place in my reading history.
I didn’t expect my chain would start with a cushion… where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.