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HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY
St. Martin's Press

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What's it about? 

George and Irene were born to be together. Literally. Their mothers, friends since childhood, hatched a plan to get pregnant together, raise the children together and then separate them so as to become each other's soulmates as adults. Can true love exist if engineered from birth?

Lydia Netzer's How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky is a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story for dreamers and pragmatists alike, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the stars.


SHINE SHINE SHINE
St. Martin's Press

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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.

Recognition: 

Shine Shine Shine was a Target Book Club Pick, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2012, a People's Pick of the Week in People Magazine, Amazon's Spotlight Book of the Month, made iTunes' list of Best Books of 2012, and the audiobook was Publisher's Weekly's Fiction Audiobook of the Year for 2012. For more reviews, click here.