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 Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling novel, The Poisonwood Bible. The story is about a missionary family living in the Congo jungle.
The book I’m reading at the moment, Lily King’s Euphoria, is also about foreigners living in a jungle, although this story is set in New Guinea.
In Euphoria, mention is made of the rainbow eucalypt, Eucalyptus deglupta (and its bark is featured on the cover). Have you ever seen a rainbow eucalypt? I haven’t but it’s on my tree bucket-list. Anyway, for quite different reasons, a tree is at the centre of Dimitri Verhulst’s Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill.
Madame Verona examines themes of isolation, loneliness and choosing life – it reminded me of another novella, The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold.
I happen to be reading another book about a lonely woman, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
Eleanor Oliphant has been described as ‘up-lit’ (books that have a theme of empathy and kindness), as has Joanna Cannon’s novel, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.
I’ve had Goats and Sheep on my NetGalley list for far too long. It sits alongside The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North, and completes my chain for this month.
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Next month (June 2, 2018), we’ll begin with Malcolm Gladwell’s debut (and best seller), The Tipping Point.