It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!
Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.
Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post. You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees.
This month’s starting book is Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder and Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark by Julia Baird. It’s a book I’d not heard of before this, let alone read. Perhaps not surprising because it isn’t published in the UK until May 2021. However, from the blurb, I understand it poses the question: when we’re overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom?
The concept of the world going dark, if only metaphorically, made me think of The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd which tells the story of the year an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption covered the sun causing a more literal darkness. The book is on the recently announced longlist for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry was the winner of The Walter Scott Prize in 2017. Last year, the author produced an unexpected sequel to his prize-winning book, A Thousand Moons. Another unexpected but no less warmly greeted sequel was Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout set in the same fictional coastal town in Maine as its predecessor, Olive Kitteridge. The recently published The Northern Reach by W. S. Winslow is also set in a fictional coastal town in Maine where many of the inhabitants rely on fishing, in particular lobster fishing, for their income. Staying with lobsters, The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard involves the search for the missing female captain of an abandoned lobster trawler founding drifting off the coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula.
This month my chain has embraced darkness, sequels…and lobsters. Where did your chain take you this month?