Lincoln in the Bardo
Kondhwa, Pune, Maharashtra
February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year old son lies gravely ill. Days later, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cementery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017.