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In his long awaited first novel American master George Saunders delivers his most original transcendent and moving work yet Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other—for no one but Saunders could conceive itFebruary 1862 The Civil War is less than one year old The fighting has begun in earnest and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long bloody struggle Meanwhile President Lincoln’s beloved eleven year old son Willie lies upstairs in the White House gravely ill In a matter of days despite predictions of a recovery Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery “My poor boy he was too good for this earth” the president says at the time “God has called him home” Newspapers report that a grief stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s bodyFrom that seed of historical truth George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic historical framework into a thrilling supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle gripe commiserate quarrel and enact bizarre acts of penance Within this transitional state—called in the Tibetan tradition the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soulLincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation Formally daring generous in spirit deeply concerned with matters of the heart it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic theatrical panorama of voices—living and dead historical and invented—to ask a timeless profound question How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?


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    It's a beautiful and sad but a strangely told story and the narrative is different from anything I've read The back of the cover description tells a poignant detail about Lincoln which Saunders in the QA tells us was the thought that formed for him the heart of this story At the time of his 11 year old son Willie's death by typhoid fever it was reported that Lincoln went to the crypt at night to hold his son's body The grief that one can almost feel in that image is the essence of this book and has been fully and imaginatively depicted The grief this book is so filled with Lincoln's grief it will break your heart While this is told in such a unique way it took me only a few pages to be pulled in But the grief became overwhelming at times and I had to put it down for a break once in a while The first thing I did before I decided to read this book was look up the definition of bardo in Tibetan Buddhism a state of existence between death and rebirth varying in length according to a person's conduct in life and manner of or age at death English Oxford Dictionary I'm glad I did because most of this mixed narrative is comprised of the voices of the dead including Willie who are in the bardo These conversations are interspersed with excerpts from historical texts mainly describing how they saw Lincoln suffering this tremendous loss and as mentioned in the Q A with Saunders some of the excerpts are imagined It's impossible to tell which are real and which are created as I read them I decided not to look them up but to accept Saunders' creative license This is a novel albeit not a straightforward telling I thought it was a fascinating way to tell the story not just of the death of Willie but it is in many ways a commentary on the man who was president during a trying time in our history a commentary on the time but also on life and death I recommend this to those who are open to something very different and very movingI received an ARC of this book from Random House