6 Degrees of Separation: A Prayer for Owen Meany

April 2, 2016 | 12 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It is about the boy Owen Meany, whose life is touched by God, and the orphan Johnny Wheelwright, whose life is touched by Owen. Two of the main themes of the book is the concept of fate and the importance of faith.

Another book where fate and faith are central themes is Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn (a pseudonym used by Sydney Hopkins). It is about the orphan girl Anna, who has a special relationship with God, and the boy Fynn, whose life is touched by Anna. The book is set in the mid 1930’s in the East End of London. Finn and Anna first meet by the docks and then spend a lot of their time talking while walking through the city.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is, as the title implies, also set in London. It is the first book in the urban fantasy/police procedural mystery series about constable Peter Grant, who after an encounter with a ghost is recruited into the small branch of the Metropolitan police that deals with magic and the supernatural. Several of the characters in the book are gods and goddesses of the different rivers in London.

Gin and Daggers by Jessica Fletcher is also the first book in a mystery series, and set in London. It’s a spin-off of the tv show Murder, She Wrote that aired from 1984 to 1996, starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. I adore the Jessica Fletcher character – she reminds me of my late grandmother, and she is someone you just want to sit down with, drink some tea and talk about life with.

In How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto, a young woman named Finn visits her grandmother and joins her women’s sewing group who are working on a quilt. One of the things about the book that I enjoyed the most is that scattered throughout it, there are advice about quilting, but reading between the lines, the advice also applies to life.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is also about a group of women who meet once a week to work on their crafts together. Like How to Make an American Quilt, it also contains pages with advice about knitting, which doubles as advice about life.

Friday Night Lights by HG Kissinger follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texas, as they made a run towards the Texas state championship. I haven’t read the book, but I loved both the film adaption from 2004 and the tv show from 2006.


This time, my chain took me from a classic novel about faith and fate, to a non-fiction book about a small town where dreams can come true.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with A Prayer for Owen Meany, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.