Six Degrees of Separation: The Elegance of the Hedgehog to The Desert Midwife

 

Hosted by Kate at Books Are My favourite and Best, the Six Degrees of Separation asks you to start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

My last post for Six Degrees of Separation ended with The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbers, translated from the French by Alison Anderson, so that’s the book that I start my chain with this month.

When it comes to translated fiction, most of what I read tends to be Scandi or Nordic crime. This includes Arnaldur Indriðason’s series featuring Inspector Erlendur, the first of which is Reykjavik Nights, translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb.

Iceland is the country Tory Bilski returns to every summer for a decade in her memoir, Wild Horses under the Summer Sun. Tory developed a yearning in middle age to ride Icelandic horses in their native setting and this engaging nonfiction book details her experiences.

I haven’t read White Horses by Rachel Treasure yet, it’s on my reading list for later this month, but the link is there in the title. Set in Western Australia, it’s about a motherless young woman, named Drift, raised by her father, an itinerant cattle drover. The blurb mentions that Drift was also cared for by a woman who was a travelling librarian, which immediately bought to mind…

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. This historical fiction novel features the women of The Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky, a depression era federal program which delivered books to schoolhouses and homes in remote areas.

Also taking place in Appalachia during roughly the same period, is The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. I really enjoyed this heartwarming novel about midwife struggling against poverty and prejudice set against a time of significant social angst.

My final link in the chain shares a protagonist with the same profession, though The Desert Midwife by Fiona McArthur is set almost a century later in outback Australia.

It’s been fun as always, I look forward to seeing what connections you have made.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 09:05:56

    Terrific chain! White Horses in on my TBR for August too. I loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, a firm favourite this year.

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  2. WordsAndPeace
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 11:14:09

    Great chain! Barbery is a great author. My chain is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/08/03/six-degrees-of-separation-from-versailles-to-hacking/

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  3. Davida Chazan
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 16:35:01

    Nice twist to the last connection. Thanks!

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  4. A Life in Books
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 19:47:51

    Great chain! I like the way you wander around the world!

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  5. whisperinggums
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 21:10:02

    Great chain Shelleyrae. I’m fascinated in particular by the historical fiction stories set in the USA.

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  6. Jen | Book Den
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 22:51:49

    Aw, this is a fun game to play. 🙂

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  7. stargazer
    Aug 05, 2019 @ 00:49:28

    I recently downloaded ‘The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek’ and I look forward to reading it. I absolutely love Iceland and enjoy riding Icelandic horses as well, so perhaps I should have a look at ‘Wild Horses under the Summer Sun’.

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  8. Chocoviv
    Aug 05, 2019 @ 15:54:40

    Great suggestions!

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  9. Mystica
    Aug 05, 2019 @ 22:36:34

    Other than the Book Woman I’ve not read any of your books which all sound very good.

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  10. Sandra
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 05:00:35

    What a great chain! The Elegance of the Hedgehog is part of my summer reading plans. Now I want to add the rest of these as well!

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  11. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Aug 06, 2019 @ 11:01:26

    White Horses by Rachel Treasure sounds really good!! I love adult books about young people and how they are raised/grew up. And I love you started with a French translated book! We totally need more translated books. ❤️

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  12. Alyssa
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 11:27:42

    Nice chain! You certainly covered a lot of ground with these books, and some of them seem really interesting. I’ll have to look them up!

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  13. Yvonne
    Aug 09, 2019 @ 11:14:33

    Great chain. Lots of interesting books. Sadly, I’ve not read any of them.

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