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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

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15 FEB 2021

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An experimental novel that blends historical fact with speculative fiction to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief over the loss of his son.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders is set during the American Civil War and revolves around the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie Lincoln, and his visits to Willie's grave. Narrated by a group of spirits in a transitional state known as the bardo, the novel explores themes like grief, love, death, and the afterlife.

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