"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." —Publisher's Weekly
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.
Read an interview with the author HERE.
Netzer talks about her creative process HERE.
"A suburban housewife with a toddler to care for and another baby on the way.
A woman losing her mother to cancer and not able to make the most difficult decision of all.
A husband whose work takes him far away from home and family.
A couple who were childhood friends, teenage sweethearts, and share the sadness of dysfunctional families.
Lydia Netzer's debut wraps all of these stories into the complete story of one family's breakdown and return to wholeness. The histories and unique circumstances of these captivating people (she is mysteriously bald), his mission is in jeopardy on the way to the moon, their toddler has Asberger's (probably just like his father), make for a truly compelling (and beautifully written) new twist on a suburban family drama."