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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Patty's Pick #4 - Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

This is a very unusual book that you have to read with an open mind. There are so many layers that you will be thinking about it long after you finish it. My book club had a very lively discussion and decided that we read the ending in many different ways.  Not trying to spoil it for you, let's just say it is up to the reader. Sunny and Maxon are quite the unique personalities and stand in for all of us pared down to our basic selves. Their lives and choices are our best and worst selves in some of life's difficult situations. 
We were all proud when Sunny threw off her wigs and got back to being herself. 
We, humans, all wear our individual "wigs" in our lives to be what we perceive we should look like and act like. It takes a truly secure person to take their "wig" off and just be themselves. The other parts of this book delve into motherhood, child abuse and relationships. Wow, how do you fit all that in to a 309 page book? Lydia Netzer gives us a lot to think about.