Inspiration Through Fiction -- Reviewers Say "Brightest Moon" Novel Brings Hope

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Christopher Meeks's "The Brightest Moon of the Century," published last month, is drawing reviews that show the kind of hope and inspiration that "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehoh offers. This particular fictional work brings truth to our lives.

As "The Alchemist" author Paulo Coelho has said, "Love can consign us to hell or to paradise. It always takes us somewhere." His book has inspired millions.

Like The Alchemist's protagonist, Edward Meopian in Christopher Meeks's "The Brightest Moon of the Century" has his own eye-opening journey over years, taking him from Minnesota fields to a college dorm in Denver to a trailer park in Alabama and more, until he realizes, too, what is truth.

In this often-comic tale, 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 Alabama, and aims for a film career in Los Angeles.

Importantly, readers and reviewers are discovering the delights and spirituality of The Brightest Moon of the Century. In these challenging economic times, we all need hope.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote, "Meeks has managed to put together a thoughtful, fresh-feeling portrait of how we become who we are."

Grady Harp, a top-ten reviewer at, says the novel "reaches out to the reader in a way that offers an honest invitation to relive our own growing years… Along the way in Edward's journey, the author takes time to pause and offer poignant philosophy."

"This is a quiet yet powerful piece of literature," says Heather Figearo in the website Raging Bibliomania. "[Edward's] joy becomes your own, and his calamities compel you. This is a tremendous feat for an author."

BookGeeks in England says, "Unpretentious and deeply human, the normalcy and everyman nature of the novel give it its power."

Sam Sattler at Book Chase says, "Christopher Meeks has filled his story with enough interesting characters and episodes to remind just how limitless and filled with surprises even the most ordinary of lives can be."

Marc Schuster in Small Press Reviews asserted in comparing Meeks's novel to his previous short story collections, "I've gone from being an admirer of his work to a full-blown fan--bordering, perhaps, on groupie."

Published only last month, the book keeps drawing readers and reviewers. To see all the reviews, go to Meeks's author page at The book is available in many independent bookstores and a growing number of Barnes and Noble stores, as well as online.

For more information on "The Brightest Moon of the Century," or a review copy for reviewers, contact White Whisker Books at (323) 344-7132.


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