Hosted each month by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest, the Six Degrees of Separation meme picks a starting book for participants to go wherever it takes them in six more steps. This month’s starting point is:
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
I’ve not read this book, but shall go with nationality of the author as my first link. Tsiolkas is Australian (of Greek extraction). Another novel I have read by an Australian is:
The Good Parents by Joan London
Which I reviewed here. I read this thoughtful novel in which a daughter escapes to the city from Western Australia. When her parents go to visit they find her gone and their search for her will make them search their own lives.
My link is through the Capital City in Joan London’s name, which leads to:
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Another book I haven’t read, but I do love that cover. A Manual of Cleaning Women is a set of short stories, not a form I’m usually attracted to, but occasionally short stories are just the thing, which leads to:
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
This collection of shorter writings from McCann was rather brilliant, (see my full review here). My favourite was the shortest at just twelve pages – What Time Is It Now, Where You Are? starts off as a bit of meta-fiction, but ends up being completely touching.
The number Thirteen will be my link to:
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
McGregor is highly rated by many, but I have steered clear after reading his debut If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. I read this pre-blog and I’ve retrieved my note about it from my master spreadsheet. I wrote:
I agree it’s beautifully written, poetic even, in the descriptions of the minutiae of everyday life, but this made it soooo slow. By the time the terrible thing actually happened it was an anticlimax. I do appreciate fine writing but the lack of pace made it an endurance task for me.
So I’m not sure I want to read Reservoir 13, which leads me to another book I’m not sure I want to read:
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
which is the follow up to the bestselling The Girl on the Train which I reviewed here, and was distinctly un-wowed by!
Into the Water is a 2nd novel. So we can end on a happier note, another 2nd novel which was really worth reading is:
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Which was fabulous and very creepy indeed being a novel about being stalked. Read my full review here.
As always, the Six Degrees meme is always such fun. Why don’t you give it a try?