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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (April 2017)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (April 2017) February 1862.  The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill.  Days later, 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 supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying.  Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - where ghosts mingle, squabble and commiserate, and a monumental struggle erupts over his soul...
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