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 Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run which I’ve not read, although I have a lot of time for Mr Springsteen.
Keith Richards is another ageing rock star I have an affection for although I suspect I won’t get around to reading Life, his autobiography.
I was stunned to hear Richards proclaim himself an introvert in a BBC interview making me want to recommend Susan Cain’s Quiet to him, a book all introverts should read if only to feel better about themselves.
Cain’s title leads me to Graham Greene’s The Quiet American set against the backdrop of increasing American involvement in Vietnam in the last days of French colonialism.
David Park’s Spies in Canaan explores the fallout of that involvement as an American revisits his time as a junior spy in Saigon.
Park is one of those writers who never seems to get the recognition he deserves. The same could have been said of Elizabeth Strout here in the UK until she changed publishers for My Name is Lucy Barton.
Lucy Barton is a writer as is the narrator of Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth who bumps into an old acquaintance at an airport and hears the story that will become his next novel.
This month’s Six Degrees has taken me from a rock star’s story to a novel narrated by a failing writer given another chance by an old acquaintance’s story. 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