6 Degrees of Separation: From Three to Eight

It’s time for another adventure in Kate’s 6 Degrees of Separation Meme from her blog, Books Are My Favourite and Best. We are given a book to start with, and from there we free associate six books.

This month we begin with a book that everyone’s talking about – Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, which Goodreads describes as “the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written.”

Since I’m not interested in the subject matter, I’m going to approach this month’s list by the numbers.

1. Another book with three in the title is The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. In this science fiction book the author uses a well-known problem in physics and mathematics as the basis for an explication of China’s Cultural Revolution.

2. Next comes The Fourth Steven by Margaret Moseley, a humorous though dark mystery. Book rep Honey Huckleberry has three friends named Steven, but when someone named Steven calls her and confesses to murder, she’s pretty sure the caller isn’t one of them. Then, when her three Stevens start dying, the fourth Steven becomes the prime suspect. Yes, like so much in life, it’s complicated.

3. The anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five is Kurt Vonnegut’s best known work.

4. In Six Years by Harlan Coben, college professor Jake Fisher attends the funeral of Todd, the man he watched marry Natalie, the love of Jake’s life, six years earlier. But the grieving widow Jake glimpses at the funeral is not Natalie. Jake’s world begins to unravel as he searches for the truth about his past and about the woman he loved.

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the life story of an aging movie star who has a secret to reveal to the young writer she has chosen to do the work.

6. Robert Dugoni combines a thrilling spy story with a cerebral courtroom procedural in The Eighth Sister.

And just like that, we’ve gone from three women to eight.

© 2019 by Mary Daniels Brown

6 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Separation: From Three to Eight”

  1. Very clever chain! And now I’m wondering if this is why The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – as it is called in the UK – was published as The Seven-and-a-Half Deaths… in the US. It would have been eerily similar to The Seven Husbands!

    1. Yes, Sandra, I read an interview with Stuart Turton, author of “Evelyn Hardcastle,” in which he said that’s exactly the reason why the title of the American ed. of his novel was changed to 7 1/2.

  2. Great chain! The only one I have read is the Harlan Coben – readable but I did not think was his best. Not sure I have ever tried Robert Dugoni, but maybe it’s time!

  3. Clever! I haven’t read any of the books in your chain although The Three Body Problem sounds very interesting and Evelyn Hugo has been in my TBR stack for quite a while (and I’ve since added Daisy Jones & the Six).

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