Lincoln in the Bardo: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(0)
4 star
 
(1)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(0)
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
The “devastatingly moving” (Peoplefirst 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 invented

Named One of Pastes Best Novels of the Decade • Named 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 Book • One of O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of the Year

February 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
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780812995343
9780812995350
9780553397604
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID11f89dc3-7e00-3e2b-e649-28d0eec1b039
Grouping Titlelincoln in the bardo
Grouping Authorgeorge saunders
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-12-05 03:41:37AM
Last Indexed2022-12-05 04:10:25AM

Solr Fields

accelerated_reader_point_value
0
accelerated_reader_reading_level
0
author
Saunders, George, 1958-
author_display
Saunders, George
available_at_aurora
Central
Iliff Square
Mission Viejo
Tallyn's Reach
detailed_location_aurora
Central
Iliff Square
Mission Viejo
Tallyn's Reach
display_description
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
The “devastatingly moving” (Peoplefirst 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 invented

Named One of Pastes Best Novels of the Decade • Named 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 Book • One of O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of the Year

February 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
format_aurora
Book
eAudiobook
eBook
format_category_aurora
Audio Books
Books
eBook
id
11f89dc3-7e00-3e2b-e649-28d0eec1b039
isbn
9780553397604
9780812995343
9780812995350
itype_aurora
Book
last_indexed
2022-12-05T11:10:25.180Z
lexile_score
-1
literary_form
Fiction
literary_form_full
Fiction
local_callnumber_aurora
Saunders, G.
owning_library_aurora
Aurora Public Library
owning_location_aurora
Central
Iliff Square
Mission Viejo
Tallyn's Reach
primary_isbn
9780812995343
publishDate
2017
publisher
Books on Tape
Random House
Random House Publishing Group
recordtype
grouped_work
subject_facet
Grief -- Fiction
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Fiction
Presidents -- United States -- Fiction
title_display
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel
title_full
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel / George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo A Novel
title_short
Lincoln in the Bardo
title_sub
a novel
topic_facet
Fantasy
Fiction
Grief
Historical Fiction
Lincoln, Abraham
Literature
Presidents

Solr Details Tables

item_details

Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
ils:.b18256338.i23667539Mission ViejoSaunders, G.1falsefalseAvailableApr 15, 2022mvlfi
ils:.b18256338.i23667515Tallyn's ReachSaunders, G.1falsefalseAvailableJul 16, 2020tlrfi
ils:.b18256338.i23667527CentralSaunders, G.1falsefalseAvailableMar 24, 2022cenfi
ils:.b18256338.i23667540Iliff SquareSaunders, G.1falsefalseAvailableNov 01, 2021ilffi
overdrive:0003ce7c-b2af-4e1c-b894-d04de0eb5b24-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books2falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online
overdrive:87b476ef-9680-47d3-8f68-d399c9ea59e0-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook3falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online

record_details

Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
ils:.b18256338BookBooksFirst editionEnglishRandom House[2017]341 pages ; 25 cm.
overdrive:0003ce7c-b2af-4e1c-b894-d04de0eb5b24eAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishBooks on Tape2017
overdrive:87b476ef-9680-47d3-8f68-d399c9ea59e0eBookeBookEnglishRandom House Publishing Group2017

scoping_details_aurora

Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b18256338.i23667539On ShelfAvailablefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 3, 4, 20, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
ils:.b18256338.i23667515On ShelfAvailablefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 3, 20, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
ils:.b18256338.i23667527On ShelfAvailablefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 3, 4, 20, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
ils:.b18256338.i23667540On ShelfAvailablefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 3, 20, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
overdrive:0003ce7c-b2af-4e1c-b894-d04de0eb5b24-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:87b476ef-9680-47d3-8f68-d399c9ea59e0-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse