Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

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We’re all searching for normalcy...Simply trying to be human...And sometimes it takes bald housewives and autistic astronauts to show us how it’s done.
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A New York Times Notable Book!

"Over the moon with a metaphysical spin. Heart-tugging…it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us human….Nicely unpredictable…Extraordinary." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and eighteen-days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.
Now, twenty years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be "normal." She's got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from urgent desire for connection. But now they're parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital. Their marriage is on the brink of imploding, and they're at each other's throats with blame and fear. What exactly has gone wrong?
Sunny wishes Maxon would turn the rocket around and come straight-the-hell home.
When an accident in space puts the mission in peril, everything Sunny and Maxon have built hangs in the balance. Dark secrets, long-forgotten murders, and a blond wig all come tumbling to the light. And nothing will ever be the same.…
A debut of singular power and intelligence, Shine Shine Shine is a unique love story, an adventure between worlds, and a stunning novel of love, death, and what it means to be human.

Shine Shine Shine is a New York Times Notable Book of 2012.

 

About Lydia Netzer

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LYDIA NETZER was born in Detroit and educated in the Midwest. She lives in Virginia with her two home-schooled children and math-making husband. When she isn't teaching, reading, or writing her next novel, she plays the guitar in a rock band.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger on Aug 03 2012

Netzer’s storytelling method is as poetic as her language.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 04 2012

...“Shine Shine Shine” skips through time in nicely unpredictable fashion.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Jul 26 2012

We’re all searching for normalcy...Simply trying to be human...And sometimes it takes bald housewives and autistic astronauts to show us how it’s done.

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