The #6degrees meme is hosted at Books are my Favourite and Best.
This month the chain begins with No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. I have not read this novel, and it doesn't really sound like it would be something I would enjoy. I am going to make my first link using the idea of talking. Another book that I haven't read, but one that I will get to one of these days is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. That novel is on my TBR list because I was absolutely blown away by Shriver's novel The Post-Birthday World. It is a what-if story about a woman and the two men that she might have spent her life loving. Another wonderful book that is a story created from alternate possibilities is My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In this novel (Jhabvala's 18th) the author is the subject and a series of stories (with some of the same people appearing in them) shows alternative possibilities for how she might have lived her life. Some of those nine lives take place in India, as does The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. This is a huge and sweeping story filled with horror and love, and the intimate struggles of facing each day as it comes. I wanted to read Roy's new book because I loved her first novel (published 20 years earlier), The God of Small Things. Another excellent novel set in India, though this one is in the very different world of British-occupied India, is A Passage to India by E. M. Forster.
Very nice chain... I really need to read that new Arundhati Roy book. I still have my copy of her first one.ReplyDelete
The new Roy isn't an easy book, but it is really great.Delete
Good job! I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin. I also read Columbine by Dave Cullen--the combination of the fictional and nonfiction of the same event (Kevin was based loosely on Columbine)was very revealing.ReplyDelete
Here is my chain, if you are interested. https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2022/02/05/six-degrees-of-separation-no-one-is-talking-about-this-by-patricia-lockwood/
Columbine is also in my TBR pile; I almost used it in the chain but wasn't sure where to go from there.Delete
That is a very interesting chain. I have read none of the books, but you now have me interested in reading something by Lionel Shriver. And possibly Ruth Prawer Jhabvala also.ReplyDelete
I forgot to tell you, I started reading Dressed for Death by Donna Leon last night. I am enjoying it very much.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you are enjoying the Donna Leon. Brunetti is one of my favorite detectives.Delete