In the Fullness of Time Book Summary
November 25, 1963. Monday.
President John F. Kennedy is buried in Arlington.
During the stillness of this momentous day, Tristan Tecumseh Hamilton begins a long look back at his life and times, and at the life and times of his neighbor and fellow townsman, President Warren G. Harding – who died mysteriously in San Francisco forty years before. Throughout this final week of November 1963, the assassination and burial of President Kennedy becomes a deep and multifaceted mirror through which the now aging Tristan views the storied and long-buried past as it rises all around him: in the rooms of Tioga, the ageless house of his childhood, which he has returned to in the late decades of his life; in the ever-changing community of Marion, Ohio, where he grows homesick for the town he never left; and in the soaring marble columns and haunted shadows of the President’s Promethean tomb, ever keeping its secrets at the crossroads on the edge of town.
Power and love, ambition and loyalty, war and the devotion to home – these universal themes weave through the rich and intricate tapestry of this magisterial American epic that encompasses the world from the vantage of home.
What a rarity in an age of sound bites and short attention spans, digital gadgets and text messages, to have a timeless novel in the grand tradition, tracing the lives of unforgettable men and women caught in the vortex of history with its scandals and world wars, illicit loves and cunning, strange deaths and disappearances – and with its absolution bestowed by time.
With this sweeping and monumental story, Vincent Nicolosi adds to the canon of literature and the American experience.