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The Whole of the Moon
The Whole of the Moon consists of six crisscrossing narratives set along the old Route 66, from the Inland Empire to the terminus just off Sunset Boulevard. The stories span the years from the late 1950s to the present, and the characters are bound by a fact unknown to them: they have each checked out the same public library copy of The Great Gatsby.
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 20th 2017 by University of Nevada Press
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I love the premise of this intriguing work by debut author Brian Rogers, who takes us to southern California and gives us a glimpse inside the sometimes desperate lives of half a dozen characters who, at first, seem to have nothing to do with one another. It surfaces that each has checked out the same library copy of The Great Gatsby. Anyone with an interest in the linked short story collection/novel in stories genres will want to pick up this book and see how Rogers deftly stacks the stories on ...more
Brilliant Concept Inspired by Great Gatsby...Not only is The Whole of the Moon a genius concept for a book; the author’s well-crafted prose kept me turning page after page to learn what happened to each character through this beautifully-developed string of narratives, all California-centric, all relating back in their own thematic way to The Great Gatsby. I am often not fulfilled with modern fiction, always wishing for more. Not the case with this book. This is narrative fiction at its finest; ...more
I'm still mulling over this book, which I devoured in 24 hours. Six intersecting character studies, although their paths rarely cross and most of the action takes place in different decades. I wouldn't have thought such a structure could work, but it does--and the author successfully builds suspense and tension, even in those tales in which very little appears to take place. If you are familiar with The Great Gatsby, you will recognize themes here; if you aren't, don't worry: you don't need to r ...more
What an imaginative quilt of stories gently coming together in the final chapters. Titled after the Waterboys song (which I later learned was a Prince tribute?), each character has a story of youth and ambition and either loss of dreams or changing expectations with character growth. Its like a well written reunion where you wonder what ever happened to so and so.... in this book you find out. Locking the California origin stories together is the book The Great Gatsby, also a social history of a ...more
I enjoyed every page of this book. I didn't want to stop reading it. The six different stories are interwoven around the same library book, the characters are all great and the story's of these people are very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone. I won my book from Goodreads Giveaways.
California native Brian Rogers attended the University of the Pacific and the graduate writing program at San Francisco State University. A former stand-up comedian, he was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society prize for Best Novel-in-Progress, served as the George Bennett Fellow (Writer-in-Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy, and has been a finalist for other awards including the Bakeless ...more