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Lincoln in the Bardo
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Lincoln in the Bardo


The captivating first novel by the best-selling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body.

Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.

Title:Lincoln in the Bardo
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:343 pages
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    Lincoln in the Bardo Reviews

  • Elyse
    Mar 12, 2017

    From the first day I saw that George Sanders had a new release--I kept walking. I had a lot of resistance to read George Sanders again. "The Tenth of December" was the number 1 best seller for months ...

  • Angela M
    Oct 30, 2016

    The more I read reviews of this, the more convinced I am that this deserves 5 stars so I'm adding a star to my previous 4 stars . Other wise my review is unchanged.It's a beautiful and sad but a stran...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Mar 12, 2017

    ”The rich notes of the Marine Band in the apartments below came to the sick-room in soft, subdued murmurs, like the wild, faint sobbing of far off spirits.” Keckley, op. cit. William Wallace Linco...

  • Cheri
    Dec 29, 2016

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 StarsHow does one review a book such as this one? No words could possibly truly convey the potential journey a reader is embarking on when they open this novel. This is certain...

  • Diane S ?
    Oct 07, 2016

    Wow, this wasn't just reading a novel it was a true reading experience. Wholly inventive, imaginative, the amount of research staggering, something totally new and different. Will admit having some tr...

  • Sam
    Jan 07, 2017

    Lincoln in the Bardo is such a beautifully crystallized portrait of life, death, grief, and getting on, and really emphasizes our shared humanity in its unusual storytelling. I started and stopped in ...

  • Liz
    Mar 14, 2017

    I should have known. I really don't do well with the avant garde. I want a plot, I want a story. I want character development. This offers none of the above. I felt lost. Vague memories of Ionesco and...

  • Taryn
    Feb 08, 2017

    I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide ru...

  • Diane Barnes
    Feb 17, 2017

    ADDITION TO REVIEW AFTER LISTENING TO AUDIOThis is the most unusual, incredible reading experience I have ever had. George Saunders is either a genius, or an other-worldly creature living among us and...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 10, 2017

    "He came out of nothingness, took form, was loved, was always bound to return to nothingness."- George Saunders, Lincoln in the BardoAgain, I find myself wandering at night alone, reading grief litera...