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6 Degrees of Separation: Redhead at the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Welcome to #6Degrees.

How it Works

Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman began the 6 Degrees of Separation meme in 2014 (and Books Are My Favourite and Best took over in 2016). So, to the meme. On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book. How the meme works: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the ones next to them in the chain.

This Month’s Starting Book


I LOVE Anne Tyler. She just doesn’t write a bad book. Some are “less good” than others, but none are bad. Here’s the blurb on this one or you can read My Review.

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.


Anne Tyler’s book cover has a man running or “jogging” as it was called back in the day. Micah runs. Eric Liddell ran in the Olympics, but like Micah, he was a modest man. I have not read this one, but it is on my TBR.

Eric Liddell is a part of the true story of this book [it has a different title in the USA/UK]. He appears as a character in the fictionalized story, too, just as in Chariots of Fire. The Chefoo School of the China Inland Mission was taken over by the Japanese when Pearl Harbor was hit. The novel with two titiels is the story of the school in captivity. My Review.

I devoured this story and reviewed it at my old blog but the review was lost in a crash. (Back-up your blog). These nurses were also innocents, also held captive by the Japanese. This is nonfiction that reads like a novel. We Band of Angels.

Another group of angels of mercy was held captive voluntarily with their patients during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink.

Sarah Broom grew up in New Orleans, endured Katrina, and wrote her family’s memoir–The Yellow House.


Another family memoir that detailed sort of captivity of their own making and in which they did some running, albeit away from one problem to another, was The Glass Castle.

So from a book with a guy running on the cover to a world-famous runner to his fictionalized self in captivity, on to a real-life group of prisoners of war, then to medical staff in Katrina to finish with a memoir in New Orleans that includes Katrina and full-circle with a family memoir of “running” from problems.

Next Month


Our March chains will start with Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.

21 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Separation: Redhead at the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

  1. What a great chain, Lisa. Never would have thought of the running aspect. I now have to find Chariots of Fire as well. I haven’t watched that since it first came out.


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