Christopher Meeks is a brilliant short story writer, and I knew I wanted to read this novel the minute I read the title.
I read this luring title on Kindle, so even though I missed the colorful and tactile quality of reading that I always do with my Kindle reading, it mattered little because the story grabbed me from page one and kept me enthralled to the end.
The story, told in a candid and modern voice from the perspective of Edward as he grows from a young boy to a man, offers refreshing insight into the inner workings of the male through all of his experiences with the opposite sex, starting first with the loss of his mother. Christopher Meeks won me in the first chapter by skillfully depicting the angst, conflict and sensitivities that existed between the young Edward and his father, often with a slight-of-hand type of humor. When he finally encapsulates the relationship in a moment the two share, through his sad, but funny John Irving-esque writing style, he's revealing the heartfelt bond between father and son in a way that takes on added poignance.
The book unfolds in nine chapters the various stages of Edward's life as he struggles to understand or misunderstand women. The story both humourously entertains and pulls our emotional strings as it examines heartbreak, hope and the fragility of being male in the mysterious and sexually appealing world of women from Minnesota to Denver to a trailer park in Alabama to LA. Underlying the lighter aspect of many of Edward's experiences is the genuine intent of the main character, whose goal is that of wholeness.
He's easy to root for and especially for the female reader, reveals a side of the male that we should all take the time to know.
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