In the Fullness of Time

Nicolosi, Vincent.  In the Fullness of Time.  New York; Fonthill Press, 2009.

 You stayed home, so you don’t know what it’s like out there, do you? Amongst all those wolves. You don’t know how they are or what we’re up against. The only thing you know is Marion. Out there, they’ll take any little thing and bend it into something it isn’t. They’ll use everything they can to destroy the President, to destroy his good name. – Fictionalized Florence Kling Harding in In the Fullness of Time as she burns the late President’s public and private papers (271).

In 1920, Warren G. Harding won one of the most lopsided elections in U. S. Presidential history over fellow Ohioan James A. Cox.  Harding was Marion, Ohio.  His career before politics was as the editor of the Marion Star.  What is remembered from his electioneering is the “front porch” campaign, with speeches delivered from his home in All-American Marion, Ohio.  By 1923, the President has suddenly died and the Teapot Dome scandal, amongst others, has brought shame up on the White House.  Today, Harding’s name frequently appears on historians lists of worst presidencies.

Vincent Nicolosi’s In the Fullness of Time is about Marion at its peak and the town after everything falls apart.  It becomes Marion against the world for those left behind (at least for our narrator).  Told through the memories of Tristan Hamilton, a well-to-do busybody who sees the world through Marion colored glasses.  Or, at least, that is how he portrays himself. Continue reading