Published by St. Martin's Press on 7/1/2014
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George Dermont knows who he’s looking for, but just can’t find her. She needs to be an astronomer with brown hair who also happens to be a dreamer. When he collides with Irene, a perfect match for his description, the pair hits it off without realizing the work that went into their meeting. Friends since childhood, their mothers raised them to be soulmates and set them on a path toward finding one other, unsure of the course that would follow.
Lydia Netzer’s writes like no one else. How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky is a mash-up of dream worlds and black holes and online RPG’s blended with crazy schemes and plans. But behind the novel’s quirky exterior is Netzer’s ability to touch deeply on themes pulled from everyday life. Readers may not understand the science behind astronomy or see the appeal in online gaming, but each of the book’s characters carries a set of hopes and fears that are nearly universal.
“Who cares if it’s dangerous? Who wants to be the person who doesn’t touch two bells together to make a sound, who doesn’t hit a baseball with a bat, doesn’t grind an orange against a knife. In life there is only collision to keep us from dissolution, and there is only love to keep us from death.”
As George and Irene navigate the waters of their strange relationship and discover what their mothers attempted to build, they both expose themselves to the dangers of real risk and emotion for the first time. Far from a generic love story, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky is a wonderfully weird blend of science, love and fate set against the trials of family and friendship.
If you pre-order How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky from Fountain Bookstore, you will get one of the black hole/planet pairs that Lydia has knit. You have to see how adorable these things are! And Richmonders can get excited because Lydia will be at Fountain Bookstore on July 3rd!
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