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 exercise begins with The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, set in Alaska in 1920. Jack and Mabel, a childless couple homesteading in the lonely wilderness, build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child has come to life. She hunts and roams the forest, like a creature out of a fairy tale.
In The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which begins in 1926, Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel serve as lighthouse keepers on a lonely rock miles off the coast of Australia. After one still birth and two miscarriages, Isabel longs for a child. When a small boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant, Isabel convinces Tom they should tell no one and keep the child.
The Island by Adrian McKinty is also set on an Australian island closed to visitors. Tom Baxter, a widowed doctor from Seattle, bribes the ferryman to allow his family to visit long enough to see kangaroos and koalas. When their dream vacation soon turns into a nightmare, with Tom held captive, Tom’s new wife must work to earn the trust and respect of her two stepchildren if they are going to get off the island alive.
The plot ofThe Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave also features a woman who must gain the trust and respect of her stepchild when her new husband suddenly vanishes, leaving behind a cryptic note that says “Protect her.”
More than one person has vanished in The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda.
Laurel Mack’s 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, vanished 10 years before the opening of Lisa Jewell’s novel Then She Was Gone. Laurel is stunned when she meets a man whose 9-year-old daughter is the spitting image of Ellie.
The word gone provides the link to this month’s final entry Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane. When the police fail to find a 4-year-old girl who was abducted from her bed in the middle of the night, Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find the child. As they dig deeper into the case, they learn a lot about drug dealers, addiction, child molesters, and what it means to be a parent.
And now that I’ve completed the list, I realize that all six of these entries deal, in some way, with the relationship between parents and children, and the question of what parenting truly involves.
Where did your December journey through 6 degrees of separation take you?
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