It’s time for #6Degrees (and as the new-ish host, I’m asking you in the loveliest possible way to join in!).
We begin this month with the first book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, My Brilliant Friend. I’ve only just started reading it, but the story focuses on two young girls who remain friends until adulthood.
A story that also examines the changing relationship between two friends is Judy Blume’s first novel for adults, Summer Sisters.
Judy Blume dominated much of my reading as a tween and although it’s hard to pick a favourite, for the purposes of this exercise my next link is to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Another favourite as a tween was Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow. It’s an Australian classic and although intended for kids, is a magical story for all ages.
The plot in Playing Beatie Bow revolves around time travel, as it does in Evan Mandery’s unusual story, Q.
In Q, Mandery uses a nested narrative – stories within the story. Although I didn’t enjoy this device much in Q, I loved it in Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Blind Assassin.
The Blind Assassin opens with this line –
“Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge”
Which immediately reminds me of the opening line in Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home –
“When Kitty Finch took her hand off the steering wheel and told him she loved him, he no longer knew if she was threatening him or having a conversation.”
Same, but different.
From an Italian village and summers at Martha’s Vineyard to time travel, intricate stories and wild car rides, all in six moves. I wonder where other chains will lead? Join in and link up!
Next month (April 2nd, 2016) the chain will begin with the John Irving classic, A Prayer for Owen Meany.