Thomas William Simpson, the acclaimed author of This Way Madness Lies and The Gypsy Storyteller, extends his literary powers, spinning an uproarious and disturbing tale about a place called America, and all the fools, dreamers, villains, and heroes who have made it possible.
It’s dawn in America. At least it’s dawn in the Blue Mountains, where the nation’s eyes have turned. Because on this day, January 20, 2001, Inauguration Day, a man who is spectacularly unqualified to be President–a man just thirty-three years old, who wants his mother to be his Vice President, who has never held a job, and has no apparent political views at all–is about to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.
Several problems, however, block William Conrad Brant MacKenzie’s entrance to the Oval Office. First, the rumor mill is flooded with talk Willy may well be insane, or at least emotionally unstable. Second, the Supreme Court has refused to recognize his election because of his age. And third, even if Willy is inaugurated, he may have a difficult time presiding over the nation. As the twenty-first century dawns, the United States is in a rapid state of political, social, and moral decline.
So how did Willy MacKenzie, scion of one of America’s wealthiest and most eccentric families, get elected in the first place? To discover the answer to this puzzling question, renegade Gonzo journalist Mr. Jack Steel, Willy’s own Mephistopheles, takes us on a journey through 20th century America. We meet Willy’s great grandfather, Ulysses S. Grant MacKenzie; his reclusive, war hero father; his mother, a strong, magical woman of Iroquois ancestry; and Dawn, the great and enduring love of Willy’s life.
Skillfully and cunningly, Steel weaves a story of a nation in transition, of war and peace, of political skullduggery and environmental disaster, of generational struggles crowded with ambition, corruption, and lost innocence.
As the journalist speaks, and more than one hundred years of American history flash by, the suspense mounts around Willy’s Inauguration. Will he take the oath of office? Is he qualified to take the oath? Or is Willy merely a pawn in a grand and sinister scheme?
This is Thomas William Simpson’s most outlandish work to date. Prepare to be thrown into a crazed and surreal world, almost hallucinatory in its reach. Full Moon Over America is at once an amusing, troubling, and all together unconventional novel about love and trust and power and family and the God-given right of every individual to live life as he or she sees fit.
Like all of Simpson’s novels, Full Moon Over America is rich in its language, accessible in its plot, and driven by the dreams and obsessions of its unconventional characters. A truly distinctive and original American work of fiction.