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Lincoln in the Bardo

 
 
Author
George Saunders.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.75 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780812995343
Pages/Publication Date 343/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79085
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A master of the short story and the author of such collections as Pastoralia and the National Book Award finalist Tenth of December, George Saunders here presents his long-awaited debut novel, a moving and original father-and-son story featuring Abraham Lincoln and an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. In February 1862, less than a year into the Civil War, the fighting has begun in earnest; meanwhile, Lincoln's 11-year-old son Willie falls gravely ill in the White House. After the boy's death, a grief-stricken Lincoln returns several times to the crypt in a Georgetown cemetery to hold his son's body. From 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 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 soul. Saunders deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

"George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity."—Dave Eggers

"An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."—Thomas Pynchon

 
 
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