Lincoln in the Bardo (Large Print / Hardcover)
Saunders explores life, death, grief, and mourning in this riveting tour de force novel centered on Abraham Lincoln's young son, William.
This novel is both a rumination on grief, death, and the After as much as it is a celebration of life and living.
Saunders has a way of hitting the reader with a solid punch to the gut in a way that leaves you feeling his words for months afterwards.
You will walk away from this novel feeling emotional, a little heartsick, perhaps even an odd sense of nostalgia for something you can't quite place, but overall, fulfilled.— Mary
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