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The New York TimesA novel with a heroine named Sunny and the title Shine Shine Shine creates an automatic impression of good cheer. If Lydia Netzer's debut book were seen from a sufficient distance—say, from the vicinity of the Moon, where Sunny's husband happens to be stranded—it might seem to radiate feel-good domesticity, in a cute I-married-an-astronaut way. But Ms. Netzer's novel is much tougher and more offbeat than that…Like Maxon, a Nobel laureate whose specialty is robotics, it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us human. In other words, Ms. Netzer's very first book gives chick lit a metaphysical spin. Like Sunny herself, it is a distinct anomaly. And a reader-friendly one. Shine Shine Shine treats its idiosyncrasies as normal and makes them easily understood.