It’s the first Saturday of the month so that means it’s #6degrees of separation time! This month’s starting book is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, on the first Saturday of every month, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect in a variety of ways to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.
Fleishman is in Trouble is a New York story so I’m going to use that as my first link. The last New York story I read was City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. This can be linked thematically and by setting with Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, another story (that I really loved) about a young girl starting a new life in New York. It’s an easy jump from here to The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman, which is set in Brooklyn. Can I make this whole chain about New York stories? I can give it a red-hot go. Next up is The Godfather by Mario Puzo, and from here I’m jumping to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. While The Goldfinch does have multiple settings, it is predominantly a New York story. Everything that happens to Theo began in New York. My last New York story I’m going to link to is Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I wonder how different this chain might have been had I actually read the starting book like I intended? I guess we’ll never know!
Next month we’ll begin with Lucy Treloar’s Wolfe Island.