- Audio CD: 9 pages
- Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (17 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427221391
- ISBN-13: 978-1427221391
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.6 x 15.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,457,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shine Shine Shine Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"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 journey 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, and yet Sunny's story is every woman's story. We are all outsiders, all alone in space, all trying so hard to find a place called home. I loved this book." --Joshilyn Jackson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "gods in Al --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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 isnt teaching, reading, or writing her next novel, she plays the guitar in a rock band.
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This is a book that starts slowly with lots of detail about Sunny's life but you need this to understand what she needs to do in order to make changes. The story also jumps between the present day and Sunny's childhood and the time when she started to hide her own physical issue and to try and change her husband into something more acceptable to what she expects. The story is gloriously life-affirming as Sunny makes changes, sweeps away pretence and starts to live as herself.
This is a great novel in which Sunny's life to some extent mirrors that of every reader - we all try to tidy up our lives, ignore difficult things from the past and to please others although certainly not to the degree that Sunny does. The story is told mostly from Sunny's point of view as she stays at home whilst her husband goes into space with robots, her mother dies while revealing secrets about her past, her new baby comes close to being born, and her child struggles with school. I don't think many of us will face so many different problems at once but we can all understand the way in which Sunny tackles these.
This book does start slowly and strangely includes some mathematical equations (which you only have to observe not understand) but it is definitely worth persevering because the author's way of building the story until you understand what Sunny has done and why is a delight. By the time you have all the story of her childhood you can see why she has hidden her true character and also why she now needs to be free. The book handles some difficult issues about identity, abuse, physical "deformity", the desire for conformity, autism, and difference in an intelligent manner and ultimately gives hope (although not cures).
Excellently written, thought provoking and satisfying
As I read I kept trying to define the tone of this book. Quirky? Somewhat but the tone is beyond that. Whimsical? Yes it is that but not in a childlike way. Fanciful? A little but the action feels grounded in reality, at least emotional honesty. In the end I have to conclude there is no exact word that will precisely define "Shine"; it's too unique. Netzer writes in a genre all her own. There are times that the book threatens to spill syrup but she always skirts that stickiness. There isn't a misstep anywhere. She's not hitting you over the head with beliefs, she's exploring with you as an equal. She affirms that everyone has something that makes them feel odd, sets them apart. Some of these traits are superficial, some more profound. We can either change are differences if possible or we can embrace them and attempt to use them to our advantage. Netzer's characters grow into themselves. Their love and regard for one another strengthens. Almost best of all nothing feels inevitable in "Shine". The reader is always left guessing where we're heading. Netzer's is one of the freshest voices of 2012 in my opinion. We're not robots. Uniqueness is grand. I want to stay on her spaceship.
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