This is the first novel by short story writer Christopher Meeks, author of the acclaimed collections "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons." The protagonist of the novel, Edward Meopian, actually appears in one of "Months"' short stories.
"The Brightest Moon of the Century" spans a few decades, from the time Edward is a young teen to the time he's in his mid forties. ... Each chapter shows a new stage in Edward's life and from these chapters, we can sense the author's background as a short story writer: each chapter conveys the feeling of a stand-alone story.
Meeks's novel is a slow, interesting read. At its core, it's a coming-of-age story, and here's where the author's skill at portraying ordinary characters pays off: not soon after starting the novel, we have a clear, in-depth picture of Edward that grows deeper and more enlightening as we continue reading the book.
Meeks's greatest skill is the way he can take ordinary, boring characters and turn them into something weirdly fascinating. He accomplishes this by paying great attention to the characters' inner thoughts, feelings and reactions. The prose is witty and even hilarious at times, but it always keeps that sensitivity and power of observation that has made this author's works distinctive. If you like literary novels that are deep in characterization, you'll enjoy this one.
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