Moon in Full

Moon in Full, a contemporary coming-of-age story from author Marpheen Chann, shines light on one young man’s search for truth and compassion in a complicated era as it unwinds the deep-seated challenges we all face finding our authentic voice and true identities. Chann’s heart-warming journey weaves through housing projects and foster homes; into houses of worship and across college campuses; and playing out in working-class Maine where he struggles to find his place.

Adopted into in a majority white community, Chann must reconcile his fears and secret longings as a young gay man with the devoutly religious beliefs of his new family. Chann, a second-generation Asian American, recounts what he has learned, what he has lost, and what he has found during his evolution from a hungry refugee’s son to religious youth to advocate for acceptance and equality.

Moon in Full is the non-fiction selection for Read ME 2024 as well as Maine’s adult selection for the 2024 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Marpheen’s memoir helps all of us imagine Maine in ways that maybe we’ve never been asked to before.”

—JAED COFFIN, Recommending Author, Read ME 2024


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