#6Degrees of Separation: Ethan Frome to Two Storm Wood

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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 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Once again, it’s a book I haven’t read but it concerns a poor New England farmer trying to eke out a living whilst in an unhappy marriage.

A character called Ethan also appears in Girl A by Abigail Dean. This Ethan is the brother of Lex, the eponymous Girl A who, having overcome her traumatic childhood experiences, has become a lawyer. Her current assignment is representing a company offering DNA testing.

DNA testing forms a key part of My Secret Sister by Lauren Westwood in which a genetic match reveals previously unknown family connections.

Sisters, this time twin sisters, feature in The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett in which Stella and Desiree choose very different paths in life.

In The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal, Iris risks estrangement from her sister Rose when an opportunity arises for Iris to pursue her ambition of becoming an artist.

Art of a different kind, namely photography, is the focus of The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott. In the book, Harry travels through post-WW1 France photographing the grave sites of fallen soldiers for their grieving families whilst also searching for evidence about his brother, reported missing in action.

Similarly, in Two Storm Wood by Philip Gray, Amy travels to the abandoned WW1 battlefields of France determined to discover the fate of her fiancé, Edward, also reported missing in action. (Interestingly, bringing us full circle, Edith Wharton travelled to the frontline in WW1 recording her experiences in a series of articles, published as Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belport.) 

My chain has involved siblings and the search for answers. Where did your chain take you?

17 thoughts on “#6Degrees of Separation: Ethan Frome to Two Storm Wood

  1. I’ve not heard of any of your books, nor did I know about Edith Wharton’s travels in France, very interesting. (I’m reading the Alice B Toklas Cookbook, in which Alice BT describes travelling round France in Gertrude Stein’s car, taking food and aid to the dispossessed (but staying, of course, with friends who still manage to give them amazing dinners…I wonder if Edith Wharton enjoyed similar hospitality?)

    The Photographer of the Lost sounds good, and made me think of Lee Miller and the photos she took at the end of the Second World War.

    Books about siblings always interest me too, especially twins (I’m an only child and my husband is a twin). Identical twins in particular are a fascinating subject.


  2. I’ve got a copy of The Doll Factory, but haven’t read it yet. Bought it for the beautiful cover! Looking forward to getting to it eventually.

    Very clever chain!

    Elza Reads


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