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 a person grows and changes, and the experiences that make him who he is. It's put together basically as nine 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 that 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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