The February 2019 book is: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
My chain this month features twins, Georgian England, books inspired by objects in museum collections, brothels, and remote Scottish islands.
I’m kicking things off with another book full of “fight”…
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
This is an engrossing and gritty historical fiction novel centered around a female bare-knuckle boxer/pugilist in Georgian England.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this vivid setting, which is very reminiscent of the one in…
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Like Anna Freeman’s novel, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock is a richly descriptive tale of life in late eighteenth-century England. Both novels feature brothels, gamboling, class divisions, and strong yet flawed female protagonists who rebel against society’s expectations.
Apparently, Imogen Hermes Gowar got the idea for her “mermaid” during her time working in museums and galleries. Another book inspired by a museum’s collection is…
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Jessie Burton based the exquisite doll house in her novel of seventeenth century Amsterdam on an actual doll house on display in the Rijksmuseum. Who’s to say that this real work of art and craftsmanship isn’t every bit as magical as its fictional counterpart?
Another novel I read right around the same time as The Miniaturist was…
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
I really loved the atmosphere and settings of both novels, but ended up being disappointed with their endings. Like The Miniaturist, Her Fearful Symmetry also contains a supernatural/fantastical element.
This novel about a pair of twins is a perfect creepy and autumnal read, as is…
The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne
This is another book featuring twins, in which I enjoyed the setting and overall mood more than the characters or plot. It’s a fun and suspenseful read about loss, grief, and motherhood.
The remote Scottish island setting brings to mind a book I can’t wait to read…
Night Waking by Sarah Moss
I imagine that the themes of isolation, death, and motherhood will be very similar across both books. While I was merely entertained by The Ice Twins however, I fully expect to love Night Waking. I’ve only heard wonderful praise for all of Sarah Moss’s writing.
Where did your #6degrees chain take you this month?