Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Talk - SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer

Sunny is the ultimate suburban housewife, well-coifed, drives a mini-van, consoles her friends, leads neighborhood craft shows, and always makes sure that her autistic son is wearing his helmet and gets his medicine on time. Her genius husband Maxon makes the $18,000 dollar rug in the dining room a possibility, even if his job is destined to take him out of their sphere - literally.

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.

2 comments:

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

This sounds like a great story that could start us all taking a closer look inside.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Tracy - Absolutely. It's an amazing book about self-discovery, but in terms I've never really seen before. Lydia did an amazing job. High recommended.