Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine

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Book - 2012
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A New York Times Notable Book!

"Over the moon with a metaphysical spin. Heart-tuggingâe¦it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us humanâe¦.Nicely unpredictableâe¦Extraordinary." âe"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.âe¦

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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781250007070
Branch Call Number: NETZ
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 25 cm

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CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

Shine, Shine, Shine is a book about family. It’s also a book about dealing with autism, striving for suburban perfection, and robots on the moon. Sunny has been entirely hairless since the day she was born. Maxon is a brilliant and extremely eccentric scientist for NASA. However, when they decided to have a baby, Sunny put on a wig and did her best to emulate the perfect housewife. Now Maxon is on a rocket to the moon, Sunny is exposed as a bald woman, their autistic son is due for more medication, and Sunny’s mother is dying. Netzer’s touches of magical realism fit perfectly into the all-too-familiar world of suburbia. This unique first novel is both funny and touching while managing to avoid all the clichés.

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tomdance
Feb 10, 2014

The strength of "Shine, Shine Shine" is the writer's quirky observations on life, but the frequent (seemingly random) flashbacks interrupt story momentum without developing believable characters. The book's fun but extreme premise (which combines bald-from-birth woman, autistic-astronaut husband, autistic son, and Moon robot colony) fails to flow into a dramatic story arc, and we're left with a series of promising but untied vignettes.

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Rock_Shadow
Oct 11, 2012

Fun, fun, fun

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dijolly
Oct 05, 2012

he advanced reading copy of Shine, Shine, Shine has a quote on the front of the book from Sara Gruen, the author of "Water of Elephants" that says "A funny, compelling love story from the freshest voice I've heard in years". This intrigued me to want to read the book. The book grew on me, at first it started slow and I had trouble getting into it, but as I continued to read, the story and the characters pulled me in. It is a true love story, Sunny and Maxon met as kids and in time their friendship blossomed into their own a unique love. Sunny is born without hair, her son Bubber has autism and although it is never said straight out in the book, I'm guessing Maxon has Asbergers. Sunny tries to keep up appearances, she wears a wig and participates in all the neighbourhood social events, but when Sunny gets in a car accident and her wig flies off, she suddenly starts to realize that no one is normal and to be truly happy we have to accept ourselves. At the same time her astronaut husband is in space and he too comes to the realization that he is only human. A heartwarming story of Sunny, Maxon and Bubber, who have their own unique life that is only theirs to live.

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mythoughts
Sep 18, 2012

This book is great - I totally enjoyed it. Unusual story with very sympathetic characters.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 17, 2012

Quite different. Very interesting, funny, and well-written. Peopled by odd, but believable, characters. They might live next door to you, and you might actually like them, while still considering them slightly off the loop. Here's a new writer to watch, and this is a great book to enjoy.

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shanauer
Aug 01, 2012

If you have read a synopsis of this book, you probably won't read it. BUT it is GOOD... really good. Weird, different, but a great story line and well-told. Read this one this summer!

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