Lincoln in the Bardo
|Lincoln in the Bardo
The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.
Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying.
Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a strange purgatory – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – where ghosts mingle, squabble and commiserate, and a monumental struggle erupts over his soul…
Reviews, News & Interviews:
George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time. Khaled Hosseini
No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him. Jonathan Franzen