Six Degrees of Separation: Tales of the City

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The July 2018 book is: Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

My chain includes: California, missing loved ones, upcoming film adaptations, book clubs, and final lines that made me gasp.


I haven’t read Tales of the City, but it appears to be a saga set in San Francisco, as is…



The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

which I also haven’t read. This popular novel focuses on a group of women and their collective stories. The women are Chinese immigrants who form a Mahjong playing club in San Francisco.

Another Californian club takes center stage in…



The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Instead of a Mahjong club, this titular club meets to discuss the works of Jane Austen.   Karen Joy Fowler’s novel also focuses on the lives of the (mostly) women club members.

I’d love to be a member of a Jane Austen book club, but my favorite fictional book club happens to be the one in…



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I adore the characters in this lovely epistolary novel, and I am counting down the days until the adaptation will be released here on Netflix.

I’m also very excited for the upcoming adaptation of…



The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This was my first Sarah Waters novel and I still consider it my favorite. I hope the film version will capture the creepy atmosphere and slowy escalating tension. I still find myself thinking about that final line.

Another book with “Little” in its title that features a final line that made me gasp is…



Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski 

This Persephone book is set in England and France right after the end of WWII. The protagonist is searching for his missing son, and his journey is gripping, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking.

Another novel about making sense of life after war that features “Lost” in its title is…



Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

I haven’t read this gothic historical fiction novel set after WWI, but it sounds like one I’d enjoy. Like Little Boy Lost, the protagonist is seeking information about a missing loved one. There are dark secrets, betrayals, and the grief that stems from war.



Where did your #6degrees chain take you this month?


9 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Tales of the City

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  1. The tales of the city books are one of those series that I have rearead many times. They are guaranteed to pull me out of a reading slump or any kind of depression.

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  2. Lost Among the Living was pretty fun. I haven’t read Little Boy Lost yet but I doubt they’re similar (title and post-war setting aside!)

    I’m really looking forward to the film adaptations of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Little Stranger too.

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    1. haha I doubt Lost Among the Living and Little Boy Lost have too much in common apart from those surface details either. I feel like we’ve been waiting for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for ages on this side of the pond. I hope it and The Little Stranger will live up to our expectations!

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  3. I also used the San Francisco setting as the first link in my chain, although it led me to some very different books. I think The Little Stranger is possibly my favourite Sarah Waters book too – and I loved Little Boy Lost. Great chain this month!

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