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The Resource Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel, George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel, George Saunders

Label
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel
Title
Lincoln in the Bardo
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
George Saunders
Creator
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its 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?" -- Publisher's description
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
Theme
Tone
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Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2018.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
  • Man Booker Prize, 2017.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10545974
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel, George Saunders
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780812995343
Lccn
2016004993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)942885124
Label
Lincoln in the Bardo : a novel, George Saunders
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780812995343
Lccn
2016004993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)942885124

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