"The Brightest Moon of the Century," a Novel by Christopher Meeks, to be Published March 7, 2009

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From the Author of "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" comes his first novel

Author Gina B. Nahai ("Caspian Rain") wrote of Christopher Meeks's last book, "Months and Seasons," "If the object of art is to capture the reality of the human condition one glimpse at a time, then Christopher Meeks succeeds gloriously. His stories are delightful and heart-rending, surprising and eerily familiar--chronicles, all, of the epic battles fought by ordinary characters one day at a time."

Now comes Meeks's first novel, "The Brightest Moon of the Century," a story about Edward, a young Minnesotan, blessed with an abundance of "experience"--first when his mother dies and next when his father, an encyclopedia salesman, shoehorns Edward into a private boys school where he's tortured and groomed.

Edward needs a place in the universe, but he also wants an understanding of women. He stumbles into romance in high school and college, whirls into a tornado of love problems as a mini-mart owner in a trailer park in Alabama, and aims for a film career in Los Angeles.

In nine chapters, the reader experiences Edward's life from ages 14 to 45. This novel follows Meeks's highly acclaimed collections of short stories, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons." Author and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh has said of those, "Christopher Meeks's quirky stories are lyrical and wonderfully human. Enjoy."

Carmela Ciuraru wrote in the Los Angeles Times Book Review of Meeks's first book, that his stories "are poignant and wise, sympathetic to the everyday struggles these characters face."

Meeks has won three Noble (not Nobel) Awards for his books, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea," "Who Lives?: A Drama," and "Months and Seasons." He's written for nearly two dozen magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Writer's Digest, Daily Variety, and Cinefantastique.

His fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals including Rosebud, Clackamas Literary Review, Gander Press Review, and Writer's Forum. He teaches fiction in USC's Master of Professional Writing Program. His play, "Who Lives?," opens for a three-week run at the Pico Playhouse beginning March 12, 2009.

Publishing date: March 7, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-615-24914-8
Price: $18.95
312 pages
6 x 9 trade paperback
Publisher: White Whisker Books
Distributor: Ingram; returnable and retail discount
Fiction - Literary


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