- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: White Whisker Books (March 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615249140
- ISBN-13: 978-0615249148
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,242,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Christopher Meeks captures life's unpredictability while retaining a message of the hope that inspires us all." -Meghan Burton, Medieval Bookworm
"In his debut novel, The Brightest Moon of the Century, 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." -Cherie Parker, Minnneapolis Star Tribune
"Charming and endlessly entertaining, The Brightest Moon of the Century is a fine read that is an excellent addition to literary fiction collections." -Midwest Book Review
"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." -Dawn Rennert, She Is Too Fond of Books
"Christopher Meeks' work is joyful, funny and sensitive. The Brightest Moon of the Century is a satisfying read and one which made me hope that Meeks will continue to write novels." -Wendy Robards, Piker Press
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Some of the writing brought back fond memories. Earth shoes! Something I haven't thought about in years, but when I was young they were known to be too cool for school.
In the end, it seems to me, this is really a story about how our high expectations and dreams are whittled into reality. Not that it is all worse, just different. Things that seemed like they would last forever don't. Other unexpected things have the power to change the course of our life, and circumstances sometimes give us a glimpse at how good life really is.
I found myself laughing out loud and anything that can make you laugh is a good thing! Meeks obviously loves his characters and the development and growth of Edward is a joy to be a part of. The journey towards middle life is made up of characters and events that many seem familiar to the reader. It is unpretentious and reveals many truths.
I did not want the book to end and it led me to another book by Meeks. Read this one and enjoy the lives that you move through.
In many literary, character-driven first novels, there is a justifiable criticism that "nothing happens." While this is a novel-in-stories, and thus each episode is quite self-contained, each story has some heart-stopping moments. In my opinion, Meeks became more sure of himself as he wrote the later stories because each one seems to increase in drama and action. Some lovely turns of phrase make this novel-in-stories a delightful journey.
The Southern trailer park episode has some shirt-clutching moments, especially when the thieving woman attempts to exact her revenge. The character of Sagebrush (Edward's friend from college) is damaged and, ultimately, redeemed in this episode. I wish Sagebrush had been around more, at least by phone or letters, to buffer Edward's journey. A friend who has your back is always a good addition to a story. It is in the South that Edward comes into his own, too, and his character forms deeply.
By the end, Edward seems like an old friend who you've found after a long absence, and he catches you up on his life. You're invested. He's a likeable character who I'll think about for a long time.