Collage of book covers: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

6 Degrees of Separation: From “Tom Lake” to “The Thirteenth Tale”

This month we start with the book we ended with in January. That was Tom Lake by Ann Patchett. The title refers to a region in Michigan where the protagonist and her family own a cherry orchard.

My first-degree entry is a no-brainer: Anton Checkhov’s probably best known play, The Cherry Orchard.

Another book that features an orchard is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. This novel is set in my current home state of Washington.

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver also features a place where both flora and fauna grow.

Barbara Kingsolver’s most recent novel is Demon Copperhead, a modern retelling of Dickens’s David Copperfield.

A copperhead is a common type of snake. I don’t like snakes. I mean, I really, REALLY don’t like snakes. That may be why the paperback edition of Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield has sat, unread, for so long in my TBR box. (It hasn’t even made it to the TBR shelf yet.) Just look at that river on the cover. Doesn’t it look more like a snake than a river to you? It certainly does to me.

However, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is on my TBR shelf. I’ve already read it, but I’m hoping to reread it in September, my traditional rereading month.

And there we have it. I hope you had as much fun with this month’s exercise as I did, and I look forward to seeing where the current 6 Degrees’ journey took you.

© 2024 by Mary Daniels Brown

9 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Separation: From “Tom Lake” to “The Thirteenth Tale””

  1. As ever, an interesting chain. I’d be interested in your views on Once Upon a River once you read it, as I was alone in our reading group in failing to finish it.

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Thanks, Margaret. I don’t think I’ll be getting to Once Upon a River for quite some time (probably 2025 at the earliest).

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