Shine by Lauren Myracle was like an indie drama where Matthew Shepard meets Appalachia country meets depression-era feminist literature meets Southern mystery. The multiple plot points dealing with sexual orientation, small town politics, rape, meth use and addiction, family, parentlessness, and the struggles of young people in the Appalachian region come together to create an environment that seems both foreign and familiar. The story has a ghostly sadness to it, but it is also full of hope.
Things Shine reminds me of:
The Girl by Meridel Le Sueur
Hounddog starring Dakota Fanning
Undertow starring Jamie Bell