Six Degrees of Separation // Revolutionary Road


The idea behind this exercise is to connect books in any way that’s meaningful to use, from the profound to the inane. Although Kevin Bacon is typically behind the six degrees game, books are just a bit more fun.

I will keep this quick, as I have a tiny, fussy baby calling my name as best she can – I just miss this space and thinking and talking about books.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates – this month’s starting point – is great, but terribly, terribly depressing. You know what else qualifies for this distinction? Wuthering Heights, but I loathe that book. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed Sabin Willett’s retelling Abide With Me. Abide With Me features a summer romance, which naturally I relate to the ‘80s.

This brings me to The Body by Stephen King, which spawned the quintessential ’80s movie Stand by Me (which relates nicely to the title Abide with Me, which I just now realized. One of the lovely things about Stand By Me/The Body is the idea of childhood friends. This, along with it being a love letter to small towns, is one of the more lovely aspects to Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs.

Speaking of an ode to small towns, Empire Falls very much qualifies. In fact, most of what Richard Russo writes brings declining small towns to life. This particular novel is excellent and, in my opinion, very much deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize – as did Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (though it’s not his best work, in my opinion). I should have one more link, but I loved the symmetry of beginning with Revolutionary Road and ending with The Road too much to add another one.

It has absolutely nothing to do with lack of inspiration or time or exhaustion. Nothing at all. If you’d like to participate, please do!

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  • Care

    Always love these posts. Congrats on that sweet new little one.

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


  • Debbie Rodgers

    A lovely circle indeed, Rory.

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

      Thank you!

  • http://www.fortheloveofwords.net/ Bonnie

    These posts are honestly some of my favorite and I’ve always wanted to try it out just to see what I come up with. Oddly, I keep pushing it off. Someday it’ll happen. Until then I will enjoy yours. 🙂

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

      That happens to me a lot, “oh that’s a great idea” and nothing happens.

  • http://parchmentgirl.com Kate Scott

    I haven’t read Revolutionary Road, but the movie was enough for me. So good, but so horrible. Great post! I love this feature.

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

      Thanks! And that movie gutted me, yet so good.

  • Kate

    Well, you managed to get King and Russo in your list so you can’t be completely overcome by newborn-baby-brain-fog 😀

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

      Or the only thing left in there are the things that have been in there for years…

  • http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/ BronaJoy

    Congrats on the new bub and for fitting in time to write a blog post!
    I enjoy watching how everyone brings these posts together – it’s like getting a little look inside everyone’s brains and how they connect thoughts and ideas.

    Thanks for your road trip!

  • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

    Love the symmetry, and get choice of books.

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

      Thanks 🙂

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