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 Trust by Hernan Diaz.
Trust is set in the 1920s and focuses on a wealthy and influential family. The last novel I read set in the twenties, also about powerful people, was Kate Atkinson’s (bitterly disappointing) Shrines of Gaiety.
In Shrines, the character of Nellie Coker, is based on the real life twenties Nightclub Queen, Kate Meyrick, who is also the inspiration for the character of Ma Mayfield in Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Brideshead Revisited.
Brideshead is the story of a homosexual affair, famously set amongst the British upper classes, as is E.M. Forster’s Maurice.
Maurice was published posthumously, as was Paul Kalanithi’s incredible memoir, When Breath Becomes Air (no other link between these two books other than I’ve read them both, and Kalanithi’s was the first posthumously published book that popped to mind!).
When Breath Becomes Air is in the minuscule bunch of grief memoirs that I would unreservedly recommend – another is Found, Wanting by Natasha Sholl.
From the 1920s to memoirs – where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (March 4, 2023), we’ll start with a book that was a best-selling self-help title in the seventies – Passages by Gail Sheehy.