The Brightest Moon of the Century [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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. Will his love for a Latina prove to be the one?

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." Author and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh has said, "Christopher Meeks's quirky stories are lyrical and wonderfully human. Enjoy." Carmela Ciuraru wrote in the Los Angeles Times Book Review of Meeks's first book, "This idea resonates throughout the collection: Meeks's characters seek happiness in the small things because they have no choice ... [The stories] are poignant and wise, sympathetic to the everyday struggles these characters face."
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - James Cox
The man's quest to understand women is something that may take decades. "The Brightest Moon of the Century" tells the story of Edward, as the first novel from acclaimed short story author Christopher Meeks follows Edward through his life in boarding school to the pursuit of his dreams in Hollywood and the reality of being a convenience store owner. Charming and endlessly entertaining, "The Brightest Moon of the Century" is a fine read that is an excellent addition to literary fiction collections
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Cherie Parker
In his debut novel, "The Brightest Moon of the Century," native Minnesotan Christopher Meeks chronicles one man's path to middle age and, in doing so, illustrates how choices and circumstances -- even those that seem arbitrary at the time -- have a way of irrevocably cementing a person's future.
Gather Books - Diana Raabe
In nine chapters, written much like individual short stories, Meeks gives Edward the opportunity to grow into his full self, to come full circle, to experience the brightest moon of the century. Readers can decide for themselves whether or not Edward finds success, but the journey suggests that Meeks has found his.
She is Too Fond of Books - Dawn Rennert
With "The Brightest Moon of the Century," Christopher Meeks demonstrates a smooth transition from a short fiction writer to a writer of novels. Not every writer can pull this off, but Meeks has the talent to carry his quirky characters and their “find the extraordinary in the everyday” plots... Edward is endearingly real, and readers will be rooting for him in every situation. "The Brightest Moon of the Century" will appeal to readers across genders and generations.
Book Chase - Sam Sattler
Meeks’s characters, and his slightly off-centered view of life, continue to remind me of John Irving’s early work, definitely a good thing.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012408228
  • Publisher: White Whisker Books
  • Publication date: 5/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 54,593
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Meeks has had stories published in several literary journals, and he has two collections of stories, Months and Seasons and The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea. His novel The Brightest Moon of the Century made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Book of 2009. He has had three full-length plays mounted in Los Angeles, and one, Who Lives? had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize. Mr. Meeks teaches English at Santa Monica College, fiction writing at UCLA Extension, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.
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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    Exceptional!

    What can I say about THE BRIGHTEST MOON OF THE CENTURY? I can say that it is an exceptional novel. The main character, Edward and I have so much in common (born around the same time, had a step-mother, was taunted in school, and dreamed of going to Hollywood), so I could relate where he was come from. Watching him grow from an awkward 14 year old to the 45 year husband and father, you can feel his transformation. Christopher Meeks separates Edward's life in stages and we experience with him the joy and pain of growing up, life in college, self-employment, tragedy and friendships. Mr. Meeks writes a terrific debut novel.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Traveling the rocky road of adolescence right with Edward, it wa

    Traveling the rocky road of adolescence right with Edward, it was fun, sad and reassuring for all who have been on that trip.  The real treat was knowing that he made it through.  The humor Meeks lends to the story makes the characters very credible.   I highly recommend The Brightest Moon of the Century.  It is a must read for those who love a great story. 

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