Lincoln in the Bardo (Large Print / Hardcover)

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This novel tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s son who died during the Civil War and found himself in a Tibetan transitional state, similar to purgatory. Young Willie Lincoln finds himself accompanied by spirits that have not accepted their deaths. Saunders poses questions about death, reconciliation, and persistent love that must carry on. It is a beautiful story from one of my favorite authors.

— George

February 2017 Indie Next List


“Saunders' first novel has a steep entry curve. It's not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you'll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln's dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It's a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”
— Jason Vanhee (E), University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“The fact that Saunders’ first novel is awesome is no surprise, but everything else about it is. Lincoln in the Bardo takes a historical event and uses a recognizable form—bibliographic citation—and flips it, flips us, until we are no longer able to distinguish what is truth. Saunders reminds us that, ultimately, history is just people telling stories.”
— Claire Anderson-Ramos, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410497475
ISBN-10: 141049747X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: March 8th, 2017
Pages: 633
Language: English