The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks
About a year ago there was a collection of short stories called “Months and Season” making its way enthusiastically around the book blogging community. Luckily for author Christopher Meeks, since he sent his book out to so many bloggers, it was really good, as you can see from my review. It was a refreshing collection with characters you felt you’d known for a long time.
Not all authors can successfully make the jump from short stories to novels, but with “The Brightest Moon of the Century,” Meeks succeeds. “The Brightest Moon of the Century” is somewhat structured as a novel in stories, as we follow the main character, Edward, from ages 14 to 45 in nine chapters. Unlike some books I’ve read in this format, though, the story flowed logically from one chapter/period of life to another.
I really liked Edward, he was an overall good and sympathetic person, but he inadvertently had a pretty interesting life. Other than his brief sojourn in a trailer park in Alabama I’m not actually sure what Edward did that was so interesting, but he never seemed like some boring schmoe, probably a testament to Meeks’ writing. Edward was just such a patently real, human character that I could not help but becoming involved and invested in his life. Yes, he had hardships and no, he didn’t always make the best decisions, but he was someone I could like and root for, which I always appreciate.
This is really a good read. In fact, if you’re ever considering picking up some of Meeks’ work, you can expect solid writing and an enjoyable story, so go ahead and give him a try.