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Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
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Jul 28, 12

Read in July, 2012

The saying goes “a lid for every pot” and after completing Shine Shine Shine the debut novel by Lydia Netzer readers will most likely heartily agree. Maxon and Sunny Mann seem like the ideal young and upcoming couple. Maxon is a genius engineer who has been tapped by NASA to complete a mission to the Moon where the robots he has developed will establish a lunar colony. Sunny is the perfect suburban wife and mother. She is pregnant with their second child, and while their first, son Bubber, is autistic, and her mother lies dying of cancer in a nearby hospital, Sunny manages to ensure that things run smoothly. Yet things are not as perfect as they seem. Before Maxon’s departure the couple’s marriage had experienced some turbulence; while after a minor car accident throws Sunny into a life altering reflective period, meanwhile Maxon’s rocket is hit by a meteor and with his return to Earth in question, he too begins to look back on his life and his relationship with his wife. Each must confront their own quirks and decide if the future they desire can encompass their true selves and not the images they have been portraying. Netzer tackles the daunting themes of motherhood, normalcy, and what it means to be human, flaws and all, with grace and intelligence. Shine Shine Shine is a beautiful, if not unconventional love story, one that deserves wide readership.
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