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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia Netzer Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781427244161
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Like a jewel shimmering in a Midwest skyline, the Toledo Institute of Astronomy is the nation’s premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. Here, dreamy cosmologist George Dermont mines the stars to prove the existence of God. Here, Irene Sparks, an unsentimental scientist, creates black holes in captivity.

George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny, and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they’re together. But George and Irene’s attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other’s soulmates.

When that long-secret plan triggers unintended consequences, the two astronomers must discover the truth about their destinies, and unravel the mystery of what Toledo holds for them—together or, perhaps, apart.

Lydia Netzer combines a gift for character and big-hearted storytelling, with a sure hand for science and a vision of a city transformed by its unique celestial position, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is preordained in the heavens.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Joshilyn Jackson is well suited to conveying the book's inherent sense of wonder. Library Journal

  • No one writes like the brilliant Lydia Netzer; she’s a visionary with a huge voice and an impeccable ear for language. HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY evokes an Ohio where math has married mysticism, where a woman at war with falling in love can find herself flying into it instead, where a man will fight both his demons and his deities to finally connect. It’s a powerful reinvention of the love story---sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes glorious, but always truly original.  Compelling, rich with ideas, and perfectly written, it left me breathless. I love this book, and you will, too Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

  • “A powerful reinvention of the love story—sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes glorious, but always truly original.”

    Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Two star-crossed stargazers twinkle in Lydia Netzer’s spritely How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Lydia Netzer’s second novel, the antically inventive, often outrageously funny How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky is set in a world that’s pretty different from ours…Netzer’s fans are likely to be quite entertained by this second charmingly weird novel of hers that grapples with big questions. Is love written in the stars? Where does inspiration come from? Who decides our fates? Netzer’s wise answer: ‘The most important things are mysteries.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Winning…Two flawed souls whose love is as quarky as it is quirky. They make this summer valentine bittersweet, showing us the redemptive power of love as a truly cosmic force.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Netzer’s sophomore effort may be even stronger than her excellent debut…Readers will be unable to stop thinking about this book, stunning in its poignancy, long after the last page has been read.”

    Romantic Times (4½ gold stars, Top Pick)

  • “Here is a diverting romp through two generations of well-intentioned friends and lovers as Netzer tells the story of übernerds Irene Sparks and George Dermont and explores the concept of soul mates…Fabulous.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Netzer’s poetic storytelling results in a surreal yet believable tale of two lives intertwined more than they could have realized. As in the author’s first novel, the imaginative characters are full of eccentricities, adding a touch of humor to a story that’s also tinged with remorse and regret. Recommended for all literary fiction fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lydia Netzer has a refreshing way of looking at the world that captivates me…In her novels, she combines math, magic, and science in a unique alchemy that gives us an entirely new kind of love story. In How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, she writes about ‘twin souls who collide and love each other forever.’ I urge you, dear reader, to collide with this book. It may just change the way you think about love.”

    David Abrams, author of Fobbit

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2014
  • A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
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About the Author

Lydia Netzer was born in Detroit and educated in the Midwest. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. When she isn’t teaching, reading, or writing, she plays the guitar in a rock band.

About the Narrator

Joshilyn Jackson is the bestselling author of Backseat Saints, Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and short-listed for the Townsend Prize. She won the SIBA Book Award for Fiction in 2005, and, as a former actor, was nominated for an Audie Award and received a Listen Up Award from Publishers Weekly.