Oh boy. Can I just start by saying I really wanted to like How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer. I have been following Netzer’s career since she came out with Shine, Shine, Shine in 2012. She is one of those hot young things getting all the accolades and everyone I know seems to like her books. Boom. How To Tell Toledo came in at the library and I was ready.
The novel is about George and Irene who were, quite literally, born to be together. Their mothers got pregnant at the same time, and raised their children to be soul mates. This all appeals to be on every level. I love the premise of the story, add to that the fact that both George and Irene are astrophysicists and I’m sold.
So what went wrong? How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky is fanciful. I would even say it nudges up against magic realism and for me that is one bridge too far. Very rarely do I ever find myself invest in a novel in which magic realism plays a large role. I just don’t seem to be able to suspend my disbelief. In this novel, George is repeatedly visited by goddess-like apparitions, and I just couldn’t. So that’s that.
Who would like this book? So in spite of the fact that I didn’t finish this book, I want you to like it. Please, suspend your disbelief if you are able. It is a well written book that happens to take a flight of fancy. Below are some other reviews of How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky to help you see if you should read it. And, please let me know if you’ve reviewed it.