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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,339,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mint910 VINE VOICE on March 8, 2009
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The Brightest Moon of the Century is one of my favorite kinds of stories, it explores a large portion of one person's life, you get to see how they grow and change and the experiences that make them who they are. It's put together basically as 9 short stories from Edward's life. His teenage years to mid-adulthood. We're there for it all!

I loved all the stories, from Edward's time at a private high school to his college girlfriend to his time owning a trailer park mini-mart to his time as a film student. It was all interesting and strongly written. I couldn't pick a favorite section, it all built on itself to create a great character study! The things that he did and happened to him seemed so unique to his life, it read basically as a biography.

Another thing I really liked was that several times, characters from one part of Edward's life made a reappearance later on in the story, tying the story that much closer together. Another unique touch to an already unique story is a collection of photography that helps set the scenery for specific parts of the story. I loved that!

This book is a real gem, it's engaging and original! I loved it!
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"The Brightest Moon of the Century" by Christopher Meeks is a sweet bildungsroman that spans a several decades. The major events in the life of Edward Meopian (Myopian?) are chronicled, from his mother's untimely death at 14 to his moment of clarity in his 40's. His life ambles around, from Minnesota to LA, down Alabama, and back to LA.

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.
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I really did like this book yet it covered so many years of Edwards life that it at times lost me in the details. Edward is a very intersting character but seemed too flawless to believe for me.Towards the end of this book and into his 40's, it took on the feeling I get sometimes from certain authors, that they want to finish the book so it seems to just fizzle out. I feel I am being too harsh when that isn't what I mean to do. Edwards ;ife is very interesting and this book is truly woth reading. It was just the last 40 or so pages that didn't seem in synch with the rest of the book. After all of that I do think the book is very much worth reading. So I think this review will just be frustrating....sorry!
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This book was painful at times -- Edward can be so horribly insensitive and so unaware. But it was a great read and moves quickly thru various stages in his life. This was a very enjoyable book.
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I loved this book. The author did a great job of capturing the ups and downs of growing up and the desire to get away from home along with the unspoken fears of failing. At college, work, relationships- at being an adult.

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.
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I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but I never thought that one reason would be the shock of seeing Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in print after having been raised there! Choices that one makes can have a long lasting or important imprint or even a direction for your life..
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.
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What a terrific book! I say it'll take you back, because lots of things Edward experienced reminded me of real life.I liked the references to things that were happening in the news, and popular culture.There wasn't any part I did not like, but the bits about the camera store and the trailer park were particularly good, with interesting, colorful characters. I didn't want this book to end, and now that I'm finished I keep wondering what would happen to the characters next, if I could keep reading?
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