It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means only one thing: a new #6Degrees of Separation Post! Here’s a recap of the rules:
This month, Annabel and I are starting off with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the mega bestseller of 2012, which is still in the charts almost two years after original publication. A brilliant, twisty-turny tale, the original marriage thriller, is definitely on my recommended reading list. The film (with Ben Affleck) is coming out soon.
Here’s my chain:
Gone Girl/ Gillian Flynn
This book follows the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who aren’t quite what they seem. Flynn expertly plays with the reader’s expectations of plot, and the motivations of the main characters fluctuate often, keeping the suspense going and making it one of those books that you don’t want to put down.
Another book which follows the tale of one marriage, and also toys with the readers expectations of who to believe, the husband or the wife. Many readers have compared my book with S. J. Watson’s, and Gone Girl too – as mine is also a sort of marriage thriller with a twist.
Before We Met/ Lucie Whitehouse
This is a much more recent book which falls into the ‘marriage thriller’ genre, exploring the early marriage of a young couple and asking if the husband is as perfect as he first appears. It was wonderful to do an event with Lucie recently at Forum Books in Corbridge: we discussed the similarities of our novels, our writing processes, and our lives overseas.
Mrs Hemingway/Naomi Wood
It’s rare for me to find a book I switch off my critical ‘writing voice’ for. Mrs Hemingway, like Before We Met, is a recent read which I couldn’t wait to get back to. It’s the story of Ernest Hemingway’s life told through the perspective of his four wives, and is endlessly illuminating and brilliantly written.
Seating Arrangements/ Maggie Shipstead
I’ve just started this book and I’m already blown away by the stunning, evocative writing style, which I’m in awe of in a similar way to how I felt about Mrs Hemingway. I’m hoping the novel will be another one of those I love.
Battleborn/ Claire Vaye Watkins
Seating Arrangements won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2012, and Battleborn won it in 2013. I haven’t read it yet, but I look forward to it. Mrs Hemingway has been longlisted in 2014, so this #6degrees post is full of Dylan Thomas Prize nominees!
This book and the previous one are both short story collections. I read Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection while I was studying for my Masters, and loved her crisp style which seems so effortless but is very difficult to perfect.
So this chain has taken me through a series of marriage thrillers, to Dylan Thomas prize nominees, to a wonderul collection of short stories. I haven’t been tempted to use any titles I’ve mentioned before which is a nice bonus.
I wonder what Annabel Smith came up with…
What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.
Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 6th September and we’ll be starting with All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, which recently won the Miles Franklin Award.