Friday, September 7, 2012
Book Talk - SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer
Sunny's perfect life begins to unravel when Maxon's spaceship to the moon malfunctions and her minivan is T-boned by a fellow suburbanite. In the melee, Sunny's wig flies off. Sunny has never had hair in her life, even her eyebrows are pasted on. She's spent the last decade pretending to be a perfect person she isn't, and it's driven a wedge between herself and her husband, as she's begun to resent exactly what makes him a genius in the first place - his own autism.
Sunny leaves the wig behind, skips her son's meds that evening and hopes for one last chance to tell the man she loves that she's sorry.
SHINE SHINE SHINE is narrated by Sunny and Maxon, their two voices blending to encompass their childhood together, their unique differences that brought them to each other, and the present that has altered their relationship. It's a stunning debut that questions who we really are under our veneer, and whether that person might be the better option of the two.