Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stars, Glass, and Latin America

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer 
When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and eighteen days old. Or, he was 2,693 rotations of the Earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together. Now, twenty years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be "normal." She's got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from an urgent desire for connection. But now they're parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. Sunny wishes Maxon would turn the rocket around and come straight-as-hell home.

A City of Broken Glass by Kim Cantrell
Hannah Vogel, journalist and former spy for the British, travels to Poland with her twelve-year-old son, Anton, to write a feature article on 1938's Saint Martin festival. When she hears that twelve thousand Polish Jews have been deported from Nazi Germany, Hannah drops her fluff piece and rushes to get the story on the refugees, regardless of the consequences. Kidnapped from her hotel by the SS and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescued by Anton and her former lover Lars Lang, whom she presumed dead two years earlier. Hannah doesn't know if she can trust Lars again but she has little choice after being injured in the escape.

Perla by Carolina De Robertis
Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a polished, aloof mother and a straightlaced naval officer father, whose profession she learned early on not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses penetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Although Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, her love for her papa is unconditional. But when she is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has long suppressed and make a wrenching decision about who she is and who she will become.

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