The most difficult books to review are those that don't fit into an easily-defineable category. But very often, these stories are the ones that turn out to be the most worthwhile to read. Part love story, part science fiction epic, part domestic drama, Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer is one of those novels.
Sunny and Maxon, two outcasts looking for connection, meet as children and fall in love. Twenty years later, after marrying and having an autistic son, Sunny fights for the normalcy she believes her son needs by building a picture-perfect life in Norfolk, VA. Sunny has made herself into the perfect mother and housewife, but Maxon, despite being a genius, still struggles to interact with other people. But now Maxon has agreed to go to space to help program the robots who will build man's first colony on the moon. Feeling abandoned by Maxon, Sunny struggles to successfully deal with a second pregnancy, her son's autism and her mother's worsening health.