On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States and the first Republican to win the presidency. There are countless wonderful books about Lincoln. George Saunders first novel stands out as a unique example of Lincoln novels and novels of this time.
Saunders takes us to Lincoln from this time, two years later. The Civil War as begun and it is settling in that it will be a long and bloody struggle for the nation. At the same time, Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son, Willie, passes away. Newspapers report Lincoln returned to his son’s crypt several times alone to hold the boy’s body. Using this seed of history, Saunders leads Willie Lincoln to the bardo, a kind of limbo from Tibetan tradition. He meets his fellow ghosts as they recount their lives and seek penance. The book seeks to help the reader and Willie explore how we love and continue living with the knowledge that this life is temporal.
Book Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Book Author: Saunders, George
Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC SAU
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