In The Brightest Moon of the Century, readers meet endearing and affable Edward, a young man who is locked in a struggle with the world and his place in it. After the death of his mother, Edward's father places him in a private boys' academy, where, due to his lower economic status, he becomes the butt of jokes and pranks. As Edward navigates his way through his education with stoic resolve, he harbors secret fantasies of snagging an affectionate and lusty girlfriend and dreams of one day becoming a famous film director.
Edward, navigating through the maze that is life, vacillates between the disappointment that his occasional failure brings and the tentative hope in his belief that he is coming closer and closer to his dreams. Edward's poignant sojourn through adolescence and adulthood is paved with endearing and touching moments, from his fumbling encounters with his first girlfriend to his flight from the nest. But Edward's life is far from typical as he eventually moves to Alabama with his best friend to run a mini-mart in a mobile home park, survives a catastrophic event, and begins to study film at a prestigious university. With each step, Edward comes one step closer to realizing his desires. Ultimately, Edward will see some of his dreams come true, but some must be sacrificed in the ever turning revolutions of fate.
This is a quiet yet very powerful piece of literature. In essence, Edward's story has hallmarks of similarity to many of our stories, but the way in which the author chose to portray this story made it both unique and stunning....
I have not read a book like this in a long time. Though at times bittersweet, the story and characters were so believable and real that I had trouble remembering that it was fiction. I got so quickly involved with Edward and his plight that I ceased to think of him as only the words on a page. To me he lived and breathed, he was someone I should know, someone I wanted to know.
The story had a serene quality, a placid surface just bubbling with life underneath. This story would be perfect for someone who really wants to become involved with the characters in their reading, or someone who appreciates the outright unpredictability of life. I have no doubt that Edward and his quest for fulfillment will be loved by many. In one word, outstanding.
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