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Shine Shine Shine
by Lydia Netzer and Joshilyn Jackson

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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"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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  • ISBN-13: 9781427221391
  • ISBN-10: 1427221391
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 9


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-09-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

This unusual, imaginative novel tells the story of Sunny, a woman dealing with lifelong baldness, and Maxon, her childhood friend and later husband, who is a genius who designs robots, is about to embark on a dangerous mission to space, and is unable to understand social cues. Narrator Joshilyn Jackson creates spot-on voices for the characters. For example, Sunny and Maxon’s autistic son, Bubber, has a voice described as “like a duck’s... if a duck sounded like a robot”—and that is exactly the voice Jackson lends him. Similarly, neighbor and television anchorman Les has a voice like that of Superman’s—and, obligingly, Jackson performs his dialogue in booming, larger-than-life tones. But despite these quirky character voices, Jackson never reduces the characters to caricatures. While she conveys all the book’s humor, her reading is also full of empathy, and she brings out the characters’ underlying humanity. For Maxon, Jackson reads in an even, logical, unemotional tone, but beneath that, listeners will hear his vulnerability. This masterful, flawless narration of a imaginative novel is something special and not to be missed. A St. Martin’s hardcover. (July)

 
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