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Shine shine shine
Lydia Netzer
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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

A perfect wife hides her baldness and a husband prepares to colonize the moon. This offbeat story of offbeat love is much loved in-house. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 27
Sunny's husband; fell in love with Sunny when he was seven years old; is on a NASA mission to the moon programming robots for a new colony.

Maxon's wife; fell in love with her husband when they were both outcasts looking for connection; was born bald; wears a blonde wig; struggling to raise an autistic son; pregnant with their second child; her mother is dying from cancer; her marriage is falling apart.

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