Shine Shine Shine, by Lydia Netzer
11 Sep 2012
Maxon is on a mission to the Moon, with robots of his own design that will ready the satellite for human colonization. Sunny is left on Earth, with a dying mother, a highly medicated child, a pregnancy nearing term, and a blonde wig disguising both the hairless skin she was born with and the chaos of her life.
The spaceship is struck by a meteor, Sunny's minivan is struck by an SUV, and the mission and the wig are thrown off course.
This is the story of one couple—united by a strong love and a shared history, separated by earth's atmosphere and a quest for perceived normalcy—their struggle to build a way back to each other, and the struggle to build a future for the human race.
The writing style is quirky and strange and beautiful. It combines a matter-of-fact delivery with an almost poetic, free-association flow of thoughts.
The style, the soft science fiction premise, and extrapolations thereof elevate the story from a common slice-of-life drama to something with deeper impact.
Good for: It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the more I mull it over, the more I think this could be one of my favorite books of the year.