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Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Lydia Netzer

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 17 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1250007070
  • ISBN 13: 9781250007070
  • Sales rank: 737,630

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"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.

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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.

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By Nicola Mansfield 17 Aug 2012 5

Reason for Reading: I was attracted to this book because of the autistic son. Both my own son and myself are autistic (me: Asperger's) so I am often drawn to books that depict these characters. The book also sounded like it would be "quirky", something I really enjoy.

All I can really say about this book is "WOW"! What a beautiful story. Sunny and Maxon share the ultimate love story. This book is about love, the pure and simple kind and how complicated we can make it out to be. What is experienced between Sunny and Maxon is that something kind of wonderful that one can only hope they will get to experience in some small way in one's own life. This is a romance for people who don't read romances. The book also explores autism and Asperger's in all its awesome reality, both its drawbacks and its benefits. We see this way of being from all possible angles, theories and thoughts. I was truly swept away with these characters and in love with both autistics, Bubber and Maxon, as I saw myself and my son in them to certain degrees, while totally relating to them. And yet I also related to Sunny, who has her own difference she must live with who only wants to be "normal" and have her family fit in and *be* "normal" like everyone else. But as she learns, no one is really normal and the most normal of us all usually are faking it on the outside, just trying to fit in like everybody else. An extremely powerful book, with characters who hit your heart and won't easily be forgotten. I rarely read a book and imagine re-reading it, but this is one I *know* I will be rereading a few years down the line!

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"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" "A funny, compelling love story from the freshest voice I've heard in years. "Shine Shine Shine" picked me up and left me changed in ways I never expected. Intelligent, emotional, and relentlessly new, Netzer answers questions you didn't know you were already asking and delivers an unforgettable take on what it means to love, to be a mother, and to be human." --Sara Gruen, "#1 New York Times" bestselling author of "Water for Elephants "and "Ape House""From the icy dead surface of the moon to the hot center of the human heart, Lydia Netzer's debut novel takes you on a rocket ride that will rattle your bones. Part science fiction, part pure magic of the human kind, Netzer makes a book that is wholly her own, and endlessly fascinating. At every turn, you think she cannot astonish you again, and then she does it one more time. And then again and again and again. This is an astounding first novel by a writer who is unique in her immense gifts." --Robert Goolrick, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "A Reliable Wife""Creating one of the most compelling protagonists I've read in a long time, Lydia Netzer manages to capture the outsider in each of us. Whether looking at the moon, a child, the suburban landscape, or the face in the mirror, Netzer shows us something we've never seen before, something we thought we knew. A beautifully written story where the exception proves the rule: the things that seem to divide us are, ultimately, the very things that unite us." --Brunonia Barry, "New York Ti"mes bestselling author of "The Lace Reader" and "The Map of True Places". "A perfectly structured gem of a book that held me spellbound as I unraveled the twisted histories of this unconventional family. You've never read anything like it,