Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It works like this: each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six others to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the titles on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.
This month we’re starting with Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona which I’d not come across before but I gather it’s the first in a series of children’s books about the Quimby sisters.
That name instantly brought to mind Fred Quimby, creator of cat and mouse cartoon team, Tom and Jerry, which led me to Nick Bradley’s The Cat and the City featuring a very unusual feline.
Another most unusual cat makes a surprise appearance in Patrick deWitt’s French Exit which sees a woman fleeing financial ruin with her obnoxious son, clutching a handbag she won’t let out of her sight.
In The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Charles Smithson first sees Sarah Woodruff staring out to sea from the Cobb in Lyme Regis.
Which is where Louisa Musgrove’s jump into Captain Wentworth’s arms goes horribly wrong in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion sees Greer Kadetsky land her dream job working for her role model, a celebrated feminist, pulling her away from the man she loves.
Wolitzer is the author of The Wife in which the authorship of a spouse’s work comes into question as it did for Colette’s Claudine at School, the first in a series which drew on her own experiences, originally published under her husband’s name, Willy.
This month’s Six Degrees has taken me from the first in a children’s series about two sisters to the first in another series which drew on the author’s own life, originally published under her husband’s name. Part of the fun of this meme is comparing the very different routes other bloggers take from each month’s starting point. If you’re interested, you can follow it on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees, check out the links over at Kate’s blog or perhaps even join in.