Great New Books October book pick: Shine Shine Shine

Today, Great New Books is thrilled to introduce our October book pick: Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer. Last month, you all voted and helped us select three upcoming book picks, including October’s SHINE SHINE SHINE. We’re so glad you did! The Wall Street Journal calls Shine Shine Shine “decidedly weird and entirely winning” in its August 3rd review. You’re going to love Shine Shine Shine!

Shine Shine Shine is about a woman named Sunny and her journey of coming to terms with herself and her life over a tumultuous and tough few weeks of her life. As you read, you’ll recognize yourself in Sunny and her quest for what she thinks it takes to have a Happy Life.

There are so many things to talk about from Shine Shine Shine, but the piece we’ll begin with is what is evident from even the first pages of the novel. Go ahead — pick up your book or download the first chapter. You’ll be hooked. Guaranteed.

Sunny believes she knows just how to put together a Happy Life, despite the fact that she and her husband are different. We’ll have Lydia Netzer, the author of Shine Shine Shine, here next week with something new and original just for us at GNB: Sunny’s Recipe for a Happy Life, as based on Sunny’s view at the beginning of Shine Shine Shine. By the end of October, we’ll all chime in and write a new recipe based on how Sunny changed, and what her end-of-book recipe for a happy life would be.

Thank you, Lydia, for helping us at Great New Books, by writing Sunny’s Recipe for a Happy Life. We can’t wait to talk about it!

More about Shine Shine Shine:

What’s it about?

“Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town. Her house and her friends are picture-perfect. Even her genius husband, Maxon, has been trained to pass for normal. But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed. Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she’s trying to be. As her facade begins to unravel, we discover the singular world of Sunny, an everywoman searching for the perfect life, and Maxon, an astronaut on his way to colonize the moon.” -from Goodreads.

About Lydia Netzer, from her website:

“My first novel, Shine Shine Shine, is a People Magazine “People Pick,” an IndieBound Next Pick, the Amazon Spotlight Book for July, and is available now! I’m a nerd, a mom, an electric guitar player, and I want to make you lunch.”

Lydia is the author of a popular Huffington Post article:

15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years

Other Raves:

From the New York Times Sunday Book Review, of Shine Shine Shine (this is a big deal!)

And look at all these other raves and reviews!

“A funny, compelling love story from the freshest voice I’ve heard in years. SHINE, SHINE, SHINE picked me up and left me changed in ways I never expected. Intelligent, emotional, and relentlessly new, Netzer answers questions you didn’t know you were already asking and delivers an unforgettable take on what it means to love, to be a mother, and to be human.”
—Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

Discussion This Week:

For You: As you begin reading Shine Shine Shine, if you could ask author Lydia Netzer any question, what would it be?