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Lincoln in the bardo
Author: Saunders, George
Publication year: 2017
Language: English
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781408871744 1408871742
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.
Audience: Teen readers
Additional information: 341
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Large print:Lincoln in the Bardo:2018
Available: 2
No. of reservations: 1
Bloomsbury, 2017


Loved this book and would read again. It is a meditation on death and the regrets individuals have about the way they lived their lives with Buddhist themes around karma, samsara a
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