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 William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic, Vanity Fair.
When I was in high school I won a book prize – the books I selected were Vanity Fair and Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack .
I suspect I was keen to read Come in Spinner because I’d seen the movie. I discovered another Australian classic the same way – Sumner Locke Elliott’s Careful He Might Hear You.
Elliot’s book is accepted as a fictionalized autobiographical novel, as is Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Winterson has said that she wrote the story as a novel as a way of distancing herself from the immense trauma of her childhood. However, when her mother died many years later, Winterson published her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Authors revealing their traumatic childhoods in memoir? I automatically think of one that’s on my TBR list – Rose Tremain’s Rosie.
Tremain has published a number of short story collections as well as novels, as has Curtis Sittenfeld. I thought Sittenfeld’s short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It was extraordinarily good.
As always, I end up in a place I didn’t expect! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (December 1, 2018), we’ll begin with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.