Sunday, February 7, 2021

Six Degrees of Separation

The #6degrees meme is hosted at Books are my Favourite and Best. 

This month the chain begins with Redhead at the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. I have only read one book by Anne Tyler, Vinegar Girl, so I am starting my chain with that. It is a retelling of "Taming of the Shrew" and is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Another book in that series is Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood's retelling of "The Tempest" which she sets in a prison. Another novel by Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, continues the chain.  It is a brilliant and complex novel which is told by a woman about her sister. Another novel where one sister narrates the life of another is My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite which was a great book. One of the threads of that story deals with the question of how much sisters can be expected to sacrifice for each other. Jodi Piccoult's My Sister's Keeper wrestles with the same question.I will wrap up this chain with another book about sisters and which also has a Shakespeare connection. Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is a story about the daughters of a Shakespeare scholar who are sorting out the difficulties of being adults. It was not deep, but I definitely enjoyed it. 


  1. I'm so interested in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I got Macbeth by Jo Nesbo for Christmas, but haven't read it yet. I know it's part of the series.

    Love the sisters connection! Clever clever!

    6 Degrees of Separation - missed it by a red hair's breadth

  2. Very nice chain. Two authors that I want to read more by... Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood. I have My Sister the Serial Killer but I haven't read it yet.

  3. I've never heard of the Hogarth Shakespeare series but it sounds very interesting, I will look it up.

    And I love the sister connections, what a good idea - when you start ti think about it (which of course I never have until today...) there are so many such relationships in fiction, from Barbara Pym to Dorothy Baker. I think I will start to notice them now!

    Thanks for a very informative chain.


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