Six Degrees of Separation – from Margaret to The Mussel Feast

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 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Continue reading

What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up


It’s that time of year when the reading challenge wrap-up posts begin. I’m starting with the What’s in a Name challenge.

The challenge was simple – read one book that fits each of the six ‘categories’ – Continue reading

‘The Mussel Feast’ by Birgit Vanderbeke

I’m fairly sure I haven’t read a novel that is, in its entirety, a monologue. For that reason alone, The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke and translated from German by Jamie Bulloch was an interesting reading experience.

It’s billed as the “…German book that has shaped an entire generation” – I guess if you’re going to make a statement, make it a big one.

The Mussel Feast is the story of a mother and her two teenage children, who are sitting at the kitchen table waiting for their father to return from work. They have prepared a large pot of mussels for dinner – the mussels are a ‘special occasion’ dish for the family and they’re anticipating news of the father’s promotion. But at the usual hour, their father has not returned home and the mussels go cold.  What has happened to him? Continue reading