Not-Just-Fiction Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo

Current Selection: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Next Meeting: June 12, 2019 

Anyone is welcome to drop in to the book group at any time as the mood and book sway you. We have an eclectic group and we believe the more opinions the better. The books are chosen by consensus. Everyone is invited to make a suggestion or two and then the group votes. 

Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Bear Pond Books.

Drop-ins are welcome!

The book club's picks are displayed in the store at a 15% discount.

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 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

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018