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Six Degrees of Separation // Olive Kitteridge

Although I typically think of Kevin Bacon when I hear the phrase, I’m more than happy to connect books via varying degrees, from the serious to the inane. This month the first link in the chain is a personal favorite – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

Olive Kitteridge Six Degrees

From Olive Kitteridge, which features small town Maine and a fabulous television adaptation, the natural link is to another book set in small time Maine with a solid television adaptation – Empire Falls by Richard Russo.

In Empire Falls, the tiny family (a father daughter duo) vacations on the New England coast. Similarly (yet very different), in Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead, the Van Meter family owns an island retreat of the northeast coast.

Using the most visual of connections, the paperback cover of Seating Arrangement features a large white tent, as does the paperback of Stephen King’s Revival.

Revival focuses on the relationship of a young boy (and eventual adult) to the creepy and charismatic preacher. Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot focuses on two young orphans who are guided under the creepy, mysterious Mr. Bell.

In The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale, two young orphans (much like those in Mr. Splitfoot), are traveling across East Texas (after their parents die of small pox).  The Thicket is a funnier, dirtier, bloodier version of the similar final link, True Grit by Charles Portis.

Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to join in, and the rules are listed here. What would your chain look like?

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  • Kate

    I should rename 2016, The Year Kate Finally Reads Empire Falls. It will happen this year because I’m reading from what I own (the fact that there’s over 400 books waiting is irrelevant because the lack of Empire Falls in my life has gone on long enough).
    Thanks for joining in. I love your chain (Seating Arrangements had a lobster design on the cover in Australia).

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I initially linked Olive to something else, but then changed it to Empire Falls to give you a not so subtle reminder. 😉

      The hardcover of Seating Arrangements had a lobster cover here as well, though I think they should’ve played up to the whale in it as well.

  • http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/ Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    I really want to read Olive Kitteridge…especially now that I loved My Name is Lucy Barton. And I loved Seating Arrangements as well!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Then I would highly, highly recommend it! Empire Falls as well, if you haven’t read it…

  • http://bookishtendencies.com Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    I have always enjoyed this meme, but it sort of fell off my radar this month, so thanks for the reminder! I still need to read Olive Kitteridge…. it was supposed to be an upcoming book club book, but then (sadly) my book club kind of fell apart so I never ended up reading it (yet!).

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I haven’t done it in months, I was reminded of it because the blog hosting it switched (to one I read regularly). Olive Kitteridge is worth picking up, plus there’s a fantastic tv show to accompany it.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    What fun! I loved both Olive Kitteridge and Empire Falls…. may give this a try myself and see where it goes.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      You definitely should!

  • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

    Great chain! I will post mine next weekend :)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I love seeing where everyone ends up.

      • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

        Me too!

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