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’s starting point is Wintering by Katherine May:
For two reasons (the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Constitutional right to abortion, and the fact that, here in the northern hemisphere, we’re moving on into summer) I’m not up for reading anything at all philosophical or metaphysical about winter.
For my first degree I’m going with a title linkage: Winter by Ali Smith. I discovered this novel through a recent Top Ten Tuesday post. I fully intended to read this novel in preparation for writing this post, but, as often happens with reading plans, I didn’t get to it.
I’ll continue the chain with a title link to another novel, one that I have read: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Set in the Missouri Ozarks, this novel tells the story of teenager Ree Dolly, who sets out on a mission to find her father, accused of running a meth lab, before he loses the family home by missing an upcoming court date. If you’ve seen the Netflix series Ozark, think of Ree Dolly as a slightly younger version of Ruth Langmore, the Ozark character played by Julia Garner.
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming is yet another novel set during the year’s coldest season. This one opens with the discovery of a newborn left at a church door and the search for the baby’s parents.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng contains a subplot that involves questions about a baby and who is best equipped to be the baby’s mother.
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane is a compelling, suspenseful thriller that also deals with complex moral and legal questions about babies and their mothers and about how society can and should protect its most vulnerable members.
In I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown, a woman searches for her missing identical twin sister and wonders why she can’t find any documentation for the two-year-old daughter the sister claims to have adopted recently.
Well, I was hoping to avoid winter but instead ended up with a lot of it. And I’ve been thinking a lot lately about motherhood, and about how fiction can stimulate thought of complex moral and social issues we face as humans living in the world, and in a particular society, today.
Where did your 6 Degrees of Separation chain take you this month?
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