6 Degrees of Separation: Trust by Herman Diaz


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.

February’s Starting Book



From Amazon: Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.  Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.  At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.

I wanted to listen to this in time for the Six Degrees post, but had too many others in the way. So….here goes with my chain…..




This was a compromise choice. Joe Kennedy first came to mind along the great Robber Barons. This will do nicely to start the chain, even if I haven’t read it. Six Tycoons by Wyn Derbyshire.



On to another book, one I loved, with Six in the title–Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. [I wanted a book with Mick Jagger–he attended the London School of Economics and is a tycoon of sorts. The Stones were the first to have a credit card with their name on it in the USA–smart financial move.]



Another book with a character involved in Rock and Roll is Where She Went by Gayle Forman.




In Where She Went, Adam was into Rock, but Mia was a cellist. Another book with cellists and classical music was The Ensemble by Aja Gabel.



Staying with the musical theme, Every Note Playedby Lisa Genova, tells the story of a professional musician and estranged husband suffering ALS.




Another estranged wife who put on a good show and stuck around to “care” (see that he was cared for) for her incapacitated husband was Rose Kennedy. This book brings me full circle back to tycoon Joe Kennedy. Times to Remember by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, which I read years and years ago and even then realized much was written through Rose-colored glasses (pun intended). Today we call that “controlling the narrative.”

Next month (March 4, 2023), we’ll start with a book that was a best-selling self-help title in the seventies – Passages by Gail Sheehy.

Why not join in the fun next month? You can read all about Six Degrees of Separation HERE.

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  1. Great links – I like your musical theme. I enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six and I have read Gayle Forman’s If I Stay but never got round to reading Where She Went.


  2. The first one in the chain also seems to match the cover of Trust, so there’s another link there. Ceri at A Whole Other Story also went down that route and I thought it was very clever.


  3. Rose and I attended the same Catholic school (although I think it was in a different building in her era) and I remember being very angry on her behalf when I learned she wanted to go to university at Wellesley College and her father would not allow it. Two controlling men and more tragedy than any one woman should have to cope with!

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