This is the story of an astronaut who was lost in space,
and the wife he left behind. p. 164
Title: Shine Shine Shine
Author: Lydia Netzer
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Review copy via Netgalley
Sunny acts like she has it all together. But her unconventional husband, Maxon, a genius robot-builder, is on his way to the moon; her 4-year-old son, Bubber, is autistic; and her mother is dying. And she’s pregnant. And bald. When she gets in a car accident and loses her wig, everything starts to unravel along with it.
Netzer is a very talented writer. There were some beautiful sentences in Shine Shine Shine and the emotion she managed to give these characters despite their social awkwardness is pretty impressive.
I liked the nonlinear nature of the story. We get snippets of Sunny and Maxon’s life weaved in between the present day story. Maxon and Sunny have an unusual relationship but it is really very charming. They express things as equations and revert to scripts for Maxon’s sake.
However, I’m not sure I totally understand how the book ended. And I read the last few pages twice. I think I need to discuss it with someone.
Bottom line: Shine Shine Shine is a unique debut and Netzer is an author to watch.
Ours is one of the epic loves of our generation. Possibly of all time.
Who cares if no one sees it, walking by? This story is a love song.
Who cares if history won’t remember? p.205