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The Resource Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

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Lincoln in the Bardo
Title
Lincoln in the Bardo
Statement of responsibility
George Saunders
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Language
eng
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEThe long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and inventedNamed One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today, and Maureen Corrigan, NPR • One of Time’s Ten Best Novels of the Year • A New York Times Notable BookFebruary 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?“A luminous feat of generosity and humanism.”—Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review “A masterpiece.”—Zadie Smith
Summary
Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2018.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
  • Man Booker Prize, 2017.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017.
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10545974
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DLC
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
adult
Label
Lincoln in the Bardo
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BAKER_TAYLOR:0018842001
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780812995350
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Label
Lincoln in the Bardo
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Control code
BAKER_TAYLOR:0018842001
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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9780812995350
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optical disk

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