Redefining the Beach Read
As for the structure, the book has the kind of chopped up timeline that seems to be becoming something of a literary sub-genre, having perhaps been launched most prominently with "The Time Traveler's Wife." As Rudy says, this style is " less jarring to readers now. Ten years ago a book like this would have been deemed really experimental. Now readers are more used to it." As Janet Maslin says in her review in The New York Times: "Had Ms. Netzer approached her material in a more linear fashion, she would have run into credibility problems. But . . . "Shine Shine Shine" skips through time in nicely unpredictable fashion."
The book is being well received so far. Rudy says it "had a really healthy first week." Ebook number are "fantastic" and a Sunday Times review is expected next week. The author is doing readings on the west coast and local (Virginia) appearances as well as regular guest blogging and tweeting. A "People Pick" in People magazine "spurred a lot of interest." This is going to be, according to the author's agent, "a big word of mouth book because it's unusual."
Still have room in that bag? Throw in a new beach read to engage your brain!