Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Whole of the Moon” as Want to Read:
The Whole of the Moon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Whole of the Moon

by
4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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.
 
An actor sits poolsi
...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 20th 2017 by University of Nevada Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Whole of the Moon, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Whole of the Moon

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-49
4.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Rita Ciresi
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Anne
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Anara Guard
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Amy
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Leighanne Medina
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun book!!! I especially loved Felicity's story and The Hikers!!!
Sandra
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jean Merrill
rated it liked it
Jul 22, 2018
Jenny
rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2018
Steven Uniack
rated it it was amazing
Oct 08, 2017
Brownie
rated it really liked it
Apr 03, 2018
Adena
rated it really liked it
Dec 22, 2017
Brandy Thompson
rated it it was amazing
Mar 20, 2018
Elizabeth Mabrey
rated it liked it
Dec 18, 2017
Bryan Schneider
rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2017
Jennie Machines
rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2018
Kit
rated it it was amazing
Sep 03, 2017
Mary
rated it liked it
Mar 29, 2018
Sarah Shaikh
rated it it was ok
Jan 28, 2018
Mel Davis
rated it it was amazing
Dec 16, 2018
Sara
is currently reading it
Jul 22, 2017
Shannon
marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2017
Hilary
marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2017
Cindy Davidson
marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2017
Nola Spellman
marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2017
Nichelle
marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2017
Heather
marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2017
Kristin Sager
marked it as to-read
Aug 19, 2017
Rachel
marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2017
Ryann
marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2017
Frederick Rotzien
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Carla
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Fleet Sparrow
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Kristi
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Julie
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Emily
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Micielle
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Kowanda
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Melly Mel
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Mary A.
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Leigh
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
M.L.
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Stacia Chappell
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Vicki Boyd
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Charissa Rate
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Rebecca
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Nicole
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Caryn
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Donna MetcalfTwohig
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
Brooke
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
7 followers
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