Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Brightest Moon of the Century

The Brightest Moon of the Century
Christopher Meeks © 2009

About the book: “In Christopher Meeks’s The Brightest Moon of the Century, Edward, a young Minnesotan, is blessed with an abundance of “experience” – first when his mother dies and next when his father, an encyclopedia salesman, shoehorns Edward into a private boys school where he’s tortured and groomed.

Edward needs a place in the universe, but he wants an understanding of women. He stumbles into romance in high school, careens through dorm life in college, whirls into a tornado of love problems as a mini-mart owner in a trailer park in Alabama, and aims for a film career in Los Angeles.

In nine chapters, the reader experiences Edward’s life from ages 14 to 45. This is the first novel from Christopher Meeks, which follows his highly acclaimed collections of short stories, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea and Months and Seasons.”

I enjoyed this coming-of-age story following Edward as he made his way through the boys school, college away from home, trying to become a film maker in California, and especially, when he and his friend were running the mini-mart in Alabama. Although a jerk at times, he was also a hard worker and had definite goals he wanted to achieve. He struggled to find his niche both in business and with the right partner. There was no perfect ending to the book. It pointed the way and then left you to draw your own conclusions as to where Edward would go next in his life’s journey.

ISBN: 978-0-615-24914-8
Publisher: White Whisker Books
319 pp.
SRP: $18.95

I won my copy of this book from BackwordBooks.com.

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