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Lincoln in the bardo / George Saunders.

By: Saunders, George, 1958-.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017Description: 341 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781408871751 (pbk.); 9781408871744; 1408871750.Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Fiction | Presidents -- United States -- Fiction | English fiction -- American authors -- 21st century | Grief -- Fiction | Death -- Fiction | Future life -- FictionSummary: February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. 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 thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul ...
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Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2017. A No. 1 New York Times bestseller Long listed for the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.

February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. 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 thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul ...




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