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A New York Times Notable Book!

"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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A New York Times Notable Book!

"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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        May 14, 2012
        From a distance, Netzer’s confident debut is the tale of “an astronaut lost in space, and the wife he left behind.” At its core, it is the story of the power of love to overcome the great accidents of the universe. Sunny was born totally hairless. Her husband, Maxon, is a rocket scientist, and together they have an autistic son named Bubber. It appears they live a normal suburban life in Virginia— Sunny wears a long blond wig and Bubber is medicated to keep him calm. But after Maxon leaves for a space expedition, a car accident reveals Sunny’s hairlessness to her friends and neighbors. Being outed causes Sunny to re-examine her life, and she begins to come to terms with herself as different but special. Meanwhile, Maxon’s expedition is jeopardized when a tiny rock “that had been hiding behind the moon” slams into his spaceship. As he and his crew struggle to survive, and Sunny embraces her family’s peculiarities, Netzer deftly illuminates the bonds that transcend shortcomings and tragedy. Characterized by finely textured emotions and dramatic storytelling, Netzer’s world will draw readers happily into its orbit. Agent: Caryn Karmatz Rudy, DeFiore and Company.

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        Starred review from September 24, 2012
        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.

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        Netzer's quirky debut novel mines contemporary relationships with a fresh voice. Sunny is congenitally hairless and is as adrift as her astronaut husband, Maxon, is in his quest to colonize the moon using robots. Sunny has expended tremendous energy to make her family "normal," but what constitutes normal for the bald Sunny, her odd genius husband, her dying mother, and her autistic son, Bubber. Her beautiful house, medication, wigs galore, and a healthy dose of denial all help her in this quest until she loses her wig, and everyone discovers her secret. Using subtle humor and complex characters, Netzer asks what is love and what does it require of us? Narrator Joshilyn Jackson captures beautifully the detached voice of heroine Sunny. VERDICT Alert all your Jonathan Franzen fans; they will love this title. ["Netzer has beautifully crafted an original story with a cast of characters who make up an unconventional but strangely believable family," read the review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/6/12.--Ed.]--Judy Murray, Monroe Cty. Lib. Syst., MI

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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...

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