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.
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.