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.
I missed last month’s 6 Degrees because I was still on vacation in early July. But I’m back for this month’s exercise, which begins with Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld:
With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.
I don’t watch any TV series or film that describes itself as a romantic comedy. However, I do often enjoy genre-blending books built upon the backbone of a love story. One such book is Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt, a work of historical fiction that Goodreads calls “an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story.”
Another such work of historical fiction is The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati. (Scroll down the page to find my review.)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow is a fantasy based on an epic story of the search for lost love.
Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84 is many things, one of which is the story of the search for lost love.
Science fiction writers also sometimes incorporate a love story into their works, as Audrey Niffenegger does with The Time Traveler’s Wife (the story of love lost and found many times over).
Finally, there’s nothing more poignant than the story of thwarted love. Just ask Romeo and Juliet. Or read Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.
(I’m claiming double points here for the Shakespeare-related linkage. Blame my hubris on our recent visit to the restored Globe Theatre in London.)
I’m glad to be back home, and I look forward to reading everyone’s 6 Degrees of Separation lists.
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